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Amount allocated to SARTHI institute very small: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis

On Friday, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar approved the financial aid of ₹8 crores to SARTHI and assured that the initiative will continue.

Amount allocated to SARTHI institute very small: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis has recently alleged that the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was trying to shut down Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI). 

SARTHI initiative was taken by the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in 2019 for the socio-economic and educational development of the Maratha, Kunbi and other such communities which depend on agriculture. The institute provides fellowship to students from the Maratha community and focuses on research, policy advocacy, training. 

Recently, the MVA government has been under fire from the Maratha community for trying to close SARTHI alleging the misappropriation of funds. The Maratha outfits have blamed the state government of being unresponsive towards the scheme.

According to media reports, Fadnavis has also alleged that the MVA government was trying to “systematically kill” the initiatives of his government. Fadnavis was on his two-day visit to Jalgaon, Aurangabad and Nashik districts in north Maharashtra and Marathwada. 

On Thursday, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar approved the financial aid of ₹8 crores to SARTHI and assured that the initiative will continue. However, Fadnavis said that the allocation to the institute was a very small amount. 

Meanwhile, speaking on the UGC decision to conduct final year university exams, Fadnavis asked the MVA government to not make this a political ego issue and advocated for holding examinations. 

Some ministers in the Maharashtra government are opposed to holding final year university examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Fadnavis, however, said that the value of the educational degree of students in the state will be in question if exams are not conducted. 

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