Maharashtra Interim Budget: Fadnavis-led government tables ₹4,284 crore for additional demands

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar informed that the bigger chunk of the funds allocated are for tackling the drought situation in the state

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Amid chaos on the first day of the interim budget session in Maharashtra Legislature on Monday, Maharashtra government put forward additional demands and allocated ₹4,284 crore for the same. 

The funds were allocated for the drought relief and pension for the freedom fighters. Of the ₹4,284 crore presented before the Maharashtra Assembly and Council, ₹3,146.43 crore has been allocated as supplementary outlay until the next budget session.

The rest of the amount is concerned with the expenses already sustained by the government. Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the major part of the fund has been allocated for the drought situations in Maharashtra which is ₹2,000 crore. 

Mutingwar further informed that other additional expenditures include the pensions for the freedom fighter. This decision comes following a Supreme Court order which directed the government to provide pension to some freedom fighter. 

Earlier in 2004, they were denied the same due to the technical issue. The state Finance minister also said that the payment which would be given to the freedom fighters as pensions is as high as ₹482 crore. 

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In order to cater to the problems of Milk suppliers, the state government has designated ₹305 crore to help dairy farmers. Maharashtra government has also focused on fixing the price of the minimum rate for buying milk from the farmers. The rate has been fixed at ₹27 and this will help reduce the exploitation which farmers face. 

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