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Maharashtra government approves ₹8 crore for SARTHI

On Thursday, Pawar held a meeting at Mantralaya with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje and other leaders from the Maratha community to review the ongoing troubles with SARTHI.

Maharashtra government approves ₹8 crore for SARTHI
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The Maharashtra government approved the financial aid of ₹8 crores to Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI). This comes after the Maharashtra government brought the SARTHi scheme directly under the control of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. 

On Thursday, Pawar held a meeting at Mantralaya with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje and other leaders from the Maratha community to review the ongoing troubles with SARTHI. The meeting was also attended by Maharashtra OBC Welfare Minister Vijay Wadettiwar and state Skill Development Minister Nawab Malik. 

After the meeting, Pawar held a press conference and announced ₹8 crores to SARTHI which were transferred within two hours. All those working as ambassadors with SARTHI will be paid for two months, the media reports said. 

SARTHI scheme provides fellowship to students from the Maratha community. It focuses on research, policy advocacy, training and has established for the socio-economic and educational development of the Maratha, Kunbi and other such communities which depend on agriculture.  

SARTHI, which was under OBC Welfare department, has been brought under the Planning department recently along with Annasaheb Patil Arthik Magas Vikas Mahamandal which was under the skill development department. 

Pawar said that SARTHI will continue and will come out with a 2020-30 vision for the Maratha community. This comes amid allegations that there was a threat to the SARTHI and it will be shut down owing to the misappropriation of funds. 

However, the Deputy CM said that those making allegation should stop and work for the betterment of the institute. Pawar, who holds the Finance and Planning portfolio in the Uddhav Thackeray government, said that a review meeting will be held every two months to ensure transparent administration. 

Earlier, Wadettiwar had also said that the SARTHI scheme was not being shut down but claimed that the previous government just gave ₹50 crores to it. 

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