Natural calamities put strain on Maharashtra's economy: Uddhav Thackeray

Natural calamities put strain on Maharashtra's economy: Uddhav Thackeray

Several districts in Maharashtra were affected due to torrential rainfall and floods, both in 2020 and 2021. Farmers and other citizens living near the coastal regions faced heavy losses due to the natural disasters, and the growing number has impacted state’s economy severely. Statement regarding the same was issued by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the two-day workshop organised by the VS Page Parliamentary Training Center at the Legislative Secretariat on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. 

Adding more details, he said that the government has been working towards providing relief to those who were affected by the calamity and the state, in the last few months, has emerged from two such disasters - heavy rainfall and floods. Meanwhile, officials have also been working hard towards containing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection amidst the predicted third wave of the pandemic. 

Clarifying the matters, CM said that the support offered by the government should not be considered as compensation and the farmers have faced severe losses in the last few months. Extreme weather conditions led to many deaths in the months of June, July, and August this year. Data reveals that approximately one-third of the total casualties reported across India were from Maharashtra, where over 200 deaths were reported due to monsoon-related calamities like heavy rainfall, floods, landslides etc. at the districts located in Coastal Maharashtra.

Emphasising on the efforts, he said that the government has built healthcare facilities at a fast pace this year, keeping the pandemic risks and the needs in mind. He also asked the concerned representatives from respective constituencies to ensure that the benefits implemented by the government reach the citizens efficiently. Instructions were also given to impose strict guidelines and ensure COVID-19 cases do not increase in the respective districts amidst the third wave. Facilities are being set up and updated to deal with the crisis when needed.

Meanwhile, several leaders have mentioned that the state should form a committee of experienced legislators and present the budget in a simple manner. Moreover, the budget should include funds and schemes for all the people irrespective of the geography and gender and be implemented effectively by making it reachable through various initiatives to every constituency. 

CM added that he needs to think of the state as a whole and adding to his thought Minister Anil Parab mentioned that the same should be planned to meet voters’ expectations as they expect development works to be carried out in their constituency.

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