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Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao speech focuses on farm crisis

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Maharashtra, which is facing drought for the fourth consecutive year and nearly 15,750 villages are adversely affected, would be at the centre of the state’s upcoming budget. Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao largely focussed on the issue in his speech delivered at a joint session of the state legislature. The state government also assured that it is sensitive and serious about the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.
The governor spelt out the agenda of the BJP-Sena government on drought and measures taken by the state. He elaborated on the Jal Yukt Shivar, Malgujari Talav, waiving of 33 per cent electricity bill of farmers from drought-affected areas, restructuring of bank crop loan worth Rs 3,500 crore and the Atal Krushi Pump Scheme which have already been implemented.
Mr Rao said the state had declared ‘Magel Tyala Shet Tale’ scheme which “will promote sustainable agriculture while ‘community tanks’ will help harvest rainwater to provide timely protective irrigation for assured crop production.”
A special campaign for Vidarbha and Marathwada regions has been launched to energise agriculture pumps with the assistance of Rs 1,000 crore, he said.
Speaking about the forthcoming 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2019, Mr Rao said the government had drawn up plans to develop the Wardha-Sevagram-Pavnar area, which would include development of basic infrastructure and civic amenities.
The government is committed to preserve, develop and promote Marathi language, he said. “My government celebrates ‘Marathi Bhasha Samvardhan Pandharvada’ every year with enthusiastic response from the public. 586 state Acts have been translated into Marathi, digital edition of the Constitution of India and authenticated Marathi texts of 166 Central Acts are being made available on the website of Directorate of Languages to enable citizens to have access free of cost to Laws in Marathi Language,” Mr Rao said.
Narrating the state’s stand on the Maharashtra-Karnataka boarder issue, Mr Rao said his government was serious and sensitive about the border dispute. The state has appointed the minister for public works department and co-operation as state coordinator to deal effectively with the problems faced by the Marathi speaking people in the state of Karnataka in the disputed areas.

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