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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announces committee on law for protection of journalists – State cabinet report

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the names of the six ministers who would form the committee that would look into the protection of journalists. He announced this during the weekly state cabinet meeting along with speaking on several other subjects discussed during the cabinet meeting.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan addressed the media after the weekly state cabinet meeting held this week. Several significant issues were discussed during the meeting which the Chief Minister briefed to the media. While the main issue reigned on the fuel price hike, the Chief Minister made several important announcements on the committee to be formed for journalists protection, as well as the rainfall in catchment area in the Konkan region.

CABINET APPROVES COMMITTEE ON LAW FOR PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the state cabinet had decided to appoint a group of ministers to study and suggest changes to the proposed legislation to protect journalists from criminal attacks. The committee will be headed by Industry Minister Narayan Rane and includes Home Minister R R Patil, Parliamentary Affairs Harshwardhan Patil and senior Ministers Jaydatta Kshirasagar, Dr Nitin Raut and Dr Vijaykumar Gavit. The GoM would consider all issues and submit its report for discussion at the upcoming state monsoon session.
CABINET REDUCES VAT TO EASE FUEL PRICE HIKE
In order to arrest the protest of the opposition and attempt to ease the frustrations of the common man due to the recent fuel price hike, the cabinet has decided to reduce the Value Added Tax or VAT on diesel and kerosene by 2% in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
STATE APPROACHES CENTER TO ADDRESS COTTON CRISIS
The Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan informed that crops have been sown in 12 lakh 33 thousand hectares of land which means that 9% of the state’s fertile land has been irrigated. Addressing the cotton crisis, the Chief Minister informed that the state had demanded 46 lakhs 35 thousand metric ton of fertilizers from the centre out of which 43 lakh metric ton has been granted. On the other hand the state has a requirement of 18 lakh 35 thousand quintal of cotton seeds out of which 16 lakh 33 thousand quintal of cotton seeds has been given to the state. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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