Koshyari details Govt plan, says measures afoot to bail out rain-hit farmers
In a most significant policy initiative, the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government on Sunday announced that it would enact a law to ensure 80 per cent reservations in private sector jobs for the sons of the soil.
Making an announcement to this effect during his address to joint session of both the Houses of Maharashtra Legislature, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “Growing unemployment is prime concern of this Government. We shall enact a law to ensure
80 per cent reservation in private sector jobs for the sons of the soil.”
In another major decision taken by the MVA dispensation to deal with the “rising unemployment and the resultant restlessness among youths”, the Governor said the State Government would soon initiate the process of filling the vacant posts in the various Government departments.
“This Government is concerned with the rising unemployment and the resultant restlessness among the youth. With a view to creating employment and also ensuring speedy delivery of public services, my Government shall initiate the process of filling vacant posts of the State Government,” Koshyari said.
The Governor also said having recognised the need to impart skills to the youth to make them employable, the MVA Government would try to provide fellowship to the educated unemployed youth.
Reiterating the new commitment to provide immediate assistance to the farmers who suffered due to unseasonal rain, the Governor said the Uddhav Thackeray dispensation “is seized of the agrarian crisis and farmers’ distress that needs immediate attention”.
Also, Koshyari announced that the MVA Government would present a “factual report” showing the current financial status of the State before the people. “Also, my Government is committed to improve the fiscal health and the financial discipline of the State,” he said.
Alluding to the situation arising out of the recent unseasonal rain and consequent floods and the prevailing agrarian crisis, the Governor said, “My Government is alive to the challenges posed by climate change in urban and rural areas and will actively implement remedial measures to minimise the harmful effects of climate change.”
The Governor said the State recently suffered widespread damage due to floods in Western Maharashtra and at the same time large parts of the State suffered from drought. Of late rainfall is erratic, intermittent and unduly heavy. “In October and November we had heavy, unseasonal rain that caused widespread damage in 349 talukas of 34 districts,” he said.
“My Government is committed to provide immediate assistance to the farmers who suffered due to unseasonal rain. The Government is also seized of the agrarian crisis and farmers’ distress that need immediate attention. The Government shall take necessary steps to free farmers from debt and their worries,” the Governor said.
The Governor said having recognised the need to redress the ills of the rural credit sector, the State Government would take all necessary steps to ensure immediate compensation to farmers who suffer crop losses.
Promising to ensure remunerative prices for the farm produce, the Governor said: “Fluctuations in agricultural prices cause financial distress to farmers. My Government shall undertake appropriate measures to ensure remunerative prices for farm produce to reduce agrarian distress.”
Koshyari also promised to take steps for the construction of a sustainable water supply system in the drought-affected areas, specially in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.
In his address, the Governor touched on the various issues, including the promises made by the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
In consistent line with the stand taken by the successive Governments in the State on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue, the Governor said the State Government is committed to “protect” the constitutional rights and privileges of the Marathi-speaking people of 865 villages claimed by the State in relation to Maharashtra-Karnataka border. “My Government will continue to take a firm stand and strive to get justice in the matter pending in the Supreme Court,” he said.
“We will provide separate financial provision to improve the road quality in Nagar Panchayats, Municipal Councils and Municipal Corporations. To improve the road condition in urban areas, my Government will implement a new scheme on the pattern of Chief Minister Gram Sadak Yojana,” he said.
Alluding to the pending issues of slum dwellers, the Governor said: “These issues are a major concern for our Government. “My Government shall accelerate the steps taken to provide tenements to the eligible slum dwellers under the slum rehabilitation programme in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra,” he said.
The Governor said to attract new industries and investment in the State, the State Government would extend all possible fiscal and non-fiscal concessions. “The permission process to establish industries will be simplified,” he said.
The Governor said that in an effort to consolidate and streamline several health insurance schemes, the State Government would try to combine various health insurance programmes to provide health insurance cover for all citizens of the State.
“The growing digitisation of day-to-day activities provides immense opportunities for information technology industries. The State has plenty of educated unemployed youths trained in information technology. We will formulate a new policy to attract investment in information technology sector to generate employment opportunities for the local educated youth,” Koshyari said.
Among other things, the Governor said: “My Government shall uphold all the values enshrined in the constitution. My Government is committed to deliver justice to all regions and social sections”.
Averring that a progressive society ensures equal opportunity to women, the Governor said that women safety would be the highest priority of the MVA Government which would take all necessary steps towards this end.
“Education has become costlier and beyond the reach of the common man. My Government shall strive to provide free college and higher education to girls belonging to economically weaker families,” he said.
“Providing secure accommodation to working women will ensure mobility and greater employment opportunities. My Government shall try to construct working women hostels in all district headquarters and major cities in the State in a time bound manner,” the Governor said.
He said that the MVA Government would continue to follow the high ideals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and many other great leaders and social reformers in serving the people of the State.
While paying homage to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, the Governor said: “To propagate his thoughts and ideals to the new generation various programmes are being organised in the State”.
Referring to the issues relating to building infrastructure in the State, the Governor said: “My Government is committed to all round development of Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra. My Government shall strengthen the urban infrastructure in the State. My Government plans to provide best amenities and infrastructure by combining the slum rehabilitation projects with other schemes and infrastructure projects”.
“Costly pathological tests are beyond the reach of common man. My Government will start “One Rupee Clinic” scheme at taluka level to carry out all pathological tests,” he said.
Earlier, Chairman of Legislative Council Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, newly elected Speaker of Legislative Assembly Nana Patole and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray welcomed the Governor.
Monday, 02 December 2019 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai
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