MUMBAI: Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the state has removed the five-acre land ownership and domicile certificate criteria for a Rs 1,500 monthly honorarium to two sisters in each family under the chief minister’s Ladki Bahin Yojana.
Additionally, Fadnavis said, power bills for agricultural pumps for 44 lakh farmers have been waived.He also announced the removal of an income certificate requirement for ration cards that would benefit 7.5 crore people who hold yellow and pink cards.
While responding to a debate in the state legislative council over a motion to thank the governor for his speech, which outlined development plans for the state, Fadnavis said govt would soon commence work on a Rs 89,000 crore project to create a new 426km artificial river linking reservoirs on the Wainganga and Nalganga rivers. This project aims to bring almost the entire Vidarbha region under irrigation.
“Work on preparing the detailed project report after the surveys has been completed,” he added, noting that 100 thousand million cubic feet of water from Gosikhurd that goes to waste will be utilised for linking the reservoirs.
Fadnavis further said any online Setu Kendras charging more than Rs 50 as processing fees for each form would face contract cancellation.
He also announced a 100% scholarship for school students, up from the existing 50%, and said the state will distribute free uniforms to all govt school students.
In the irrigation sector, he mentioned an outlay of Rs 1.5 lakh crore has been proposed. Four more dams are being constructed under the Damanganga-Vaitarana-Godavari linking project, which will divert 34 thousand million cubic feet of water towards Godavari, besides another chunk of 19.26 TMC water. The Koyna-Tapi and Narpar-Auranga catchment connectors will enhance irrigated land.
“In the year 2013-14, Maharashtra’s GSDP was Rs 16.49 lakh crore, while the recently ended fiscal showed it at Rs 40.7 lakh crore, which is a jump of almost Rs 24 lakh crore, indicating that the state’s economy was fast surging ahead,” he said.