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First decision of Thackeray cabinet: 20 crore for Raigad fort, big announcement for farmers soon

Thackeray said he has asked officials, including the state’s chief secretary, to give him complete information on state and central schemes for farmers

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, after taking oath on Thursday he said the new government will ensure concrete assistance to the state’s farmers and will work towards creating an atmosphere in which no one feels terrorized.

After being sworn in by Governor BS Koshyari at a ceremony at the traditional ground of Sena Shivaji Park, the chief minister Thackeray chaired the first meeting of the new cabinet at Sahyadri Guest House in south Mumbai.

CM said the first decision of the cabinet was to approve Rs 20 crore in funds for the conservation of the Raigad Fort, which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Thackeray said he has asked officials, including the state’s chief secretary, to give him complete information on state and central schemes for farmers. “Once I will get all the details, accordingly  I will make a decision,” he said.

Thackeray told reporters after the meeting “Our government can paint a better picture if we know the reality. We have sought inputs. Farmers have not got anything, but only assurances. We want to provide concrete help to farmers,”.”We want to ensure an atmosphere in the state wherein nobody will feel terrorized,” he said.

While addressing media, Thackeray was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, and Nitin Raut.

Jayant Patil said there will be a coordination committee of six ministers, including Thackeray, within the government. “There will be an external committee that will guide the government so as to achieve its goals,” he said.

On Thursday, farmers form a key part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the ShivSena-NCP-Congress alliance released earlier which also said the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government would waive off their loans.

The steps listed in the CMP to benefit farmers include immediate assistance to those suffering due to premature rains and floods, an immediate loan waiver, revision of the crop insurance scheme to ensure immediate compensation to farmers who have lost their crops.

The document added adequate steps will also be initiated to construct sustainable water supply systems in drought-affected areas, the document added.

The Raigad Fort which is located about 25km from Mahad in the important district is of particular to the state. The earlier government, led by Devendra Fadnavis, had budgeted Rs 500 crore to upgrade the fort which is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Shivaji renovated this Raigad fort and made it his capital in 1674 AD.

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