Ahead of polls, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis clears multiple decisions

This move taken by CM Fadnavis hints that the election dates for the assembly polls will be announced in the coming days

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Ahead of the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier approved multiple numbers of decisions in a cabinet meeting on August 28 while putting halt to his election campaign – ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’. CM Fadnavis approved the redevelopment of buildings, funding to Non-aided schools, among others.

After conducting the cabinet meeting, CM Fadnavis resumed his public outreach programme and concluded the same on September 1 in Solapur where Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the gathering while targeting the opposition parties.

This move taken by CM Fadnavis hints that the election dates for the assembly polls will be announced in the coming days. Once the State Election Commission (SEC) announces the poll dates, the model code of conduct will be implemented across the state, depriving the government to take such decisions which can woo voters. 

Earlier, the media reports suggested that the poll dates will be announced after the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. The Maharashtra assembly elections are scheduled in September-October this year.  

Moreover, the newly sworn-in Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has appointed former bureaucrat UPS Madan as the new state election commissioner. The establishment is already preparing for the polls before the dates regarding same are announced. 


Decisions approved for Mumbaikars

With Devendra Fadnavis-led government enabling Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to redevelop cessed and non-cessed buildings, Mumbaikars will witness speeding up of the redevelopment process that is at least 30 years old and is in a dilapidated condition. 

The cabinet also approved the redevelopment of buildings which have been left in between due to lack in funding and issues related to builders. Maharashtra cabinet amended the 1967 MHADA rule while appointing it as a planning authority which gives the government body a right to undertake unfinished redevelopment projects.

This also gives MHADA the authority to acquire land or properties which have been marked as “dangerous”, if the housing societies don’t go ahead with the redevelopment process. MHADA will redevelop such buildings only to provide the share of housing later.


More perks for Mumbaikars who manage wet waste

In order to cater the citizens who are privileged enough to manage to the compost of the wet waste which is produced at their homes and other places, the Maharashtra cabinet has decided to provide them will grants. However, this scheme is applicable not only in Mumbai but across the state, especially for the urban region.    


Education

After teachers and non-teaching staff came out to protest across Maharashtra while pressing their demands, Maharashtra cabinet decided to provide a grant worth ₹304 crore to nearly 4,623 schools including primary, secondary and higher secondary. The grant will be generated from April 1 this year. 

With this, the Non-aided schools in Maharashtra will recieve 20 per cent grants while schools which are already getting the same share will be provided with 40 per cent funds. 

Moreover, the cabinet decided that the government tribal residential schools in the state will receive education in English and semi-English mediums. Meanwhile, the interns in government’s dental, Unani and Ayurvedic colleges will receive a monthly stipend of ₹5,000. 


Others

Maharashtra government also decided to double the monthly pension provided to senior litterateurs and artists in the state while increasing the punishment for producing illegal liqour. 

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