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Sunday, July 26, 2009 05:47:08 PM, Team ummid

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“Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Ahmadnagar are the districts that were often neglected when it came to all-round development of the State”, a local English daily quoted the Chief Minister as saying.


It is to be noted that in its article titled Kahin Khushi Kahin Gham on July 07 had highlighted the woes in the rural Maharashtra in a big way. Noting that the rural Maharashtra has always been neglected by the successive governments and the benefits of the government schemes are just limited to few metros, we had observed, “We write this with utmost pain that the successive governments in Maharashtra have virtually transformed the whole state into a picture perfect of Kahin Khushi Kahin Gham.”


The Chief Minister’s admission came during a specially convened cabinet meeting on July 22 in Nashik, the second in the history of post-Independent India after the first such meeting that was held on September 12, 1995. The meeting that was held at the Nashik Rest House announced a comprehensive package of Rs. 6509.80 crore rupees for the development of the entire North Maharashtra region that comprises Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar and Jalgaon districts.


Among the various development works decided at the meeting included river-linking-project for Nashik division, nursing college at Malegaon, drama theatres in five districts, women hospital at Nashik, night landing facility at Dhule and an independent authority for the development of Shirdi including the construction of an airport at the pilgrimage place where millions from all across the country visit every year.


The package for various developmental projects in these districts will be implemented in three years", Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had said after the meeting.


Interestingly, though the Chief Minister admitted that the region had been neglected by successive state governments while announcing the package for the region, the major share announced after the July 22 meeting is again going to a single city Nashik. And of the 6509.80 crore rupees announced for the entire North Maharashtra, most of the funds are meant for enhancing the height of Gangapur Dam and renovation of Kikwi Dam in Nashik, setting up an independent authority on lines of MMRDA for Nashik, slashing of Vale Added Tax (VAT) on wines in a bid to encourage the wine industry and to felicitate wine cluster in Nashik, crores of rupees for enhancing tourism, river-linking, police commissionerate, passenger terminal at Ojhar airport and various other decisions with regard to the development of Nashik Revenue Commissionerate area.


North Maharashtra package is a poll gimmick

Meanwhile, though the Cong-NCP combine is celebrating the North Maharashtra package worth 6509.80 Cr rupees as a major success, political parties and the natives are not pleased.


While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray says that the Rs. 6,509 crore special package for North Maharashtra is announced by the Congress-NCP coalition with an eye on the coming assembly elections, strong reactions are also coming from the people even from Nashik, the city which bagged the major share of the package.


“Though the plan is great and would go all the way in solving the water problem of the region what people expect to see is immediate work of projects directly affecting them”, C. N. Ahire, a retired government employee said to the local media.


The grape-growers are also annoyed with the package. They said that they had submitted a list of demands to the government before the July 22 meeting. But the government instead of looking at these demands decided to slash the Value Added Tax (VAT) which would benefit them in no way.


Same is the case that goes with other people in the region. Stating that the package failed to address the major issues facing the people, Altaf Ahmad, an activist from Malegaon says, "The package has nothing for the common man. It seems to be benefiting a meager section in the state associated to the industry and those associated with the wine industry."


At the same time, many are of the view that even if the government manages to implement 70 percent of the total developmental works it has announced, it would go a long way in changing the face of the region at least to some extent.



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