Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced over Rs 49,248 crore for Marathwada, sanctioning many projects for the irrigation and other infrastructural developments in the drought-prone region.
The special cabinet meeting held at Aurangabad on Tuesday approved the construction of a water grid in the region and also allocated Rs. 9,291 crore to improve irrigation facilities in the region. The government will spend Rs. 35,526 crore to enhance transport facilities in Marathwada.
Marathwada has been suffering from consecutive drought for the last three years. However, the excessive rains in the past week have also put the farmers in trouble again.
Commenting on the latest announcement, Devendra Fadnavis said: “Funds for the development of Marathwada should not be perceived as a package. It is a detailed financial outlay planned for different departments to carry out a time-bound action pro gramme over the next four years,” TOI reported.
He also added that these decisions would have far-reaching effects on the development of the region and the government would raise the money through bonds, besides roping in NABARD to fund the multi-crore projects announced.
The latest financial support announced to Marathwada is nearly one-fifth of the state’s annual budget of Rs 2.56 lakh crore, and reportedly the highest for region, media reports revealed.
The first meeting held in Marathwada after long eight years was attended by top ministers, including revenue minister Chandrakant Patil, finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and water resources minister Girish Mahajan.
The announcement of new schemes in the regions comes amid the Maratha community conducting massive rallies across the state demanding reservation in the jobs and education and changes in the SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.