Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday and put forward his demand that the state needs a full-time Home Minister, especially after the attacks on the police personnel in the state. Shiv Sena is an alliance partner in the government in Maharashtra.
“We are not demanding that there should be a separate Home Minister merely because we want to do so. The police, society and the state want a full-time home minister, who can function efficiently,” he told reporters after the meeting. He added, “Fadnavis is capable and competent, but he is overburdened with work lately.”
Thackeray added that families of police harboured concerns over the recent attacks on the cops. He said, “I demanded three things — safety of cops in the state, proper implementation of law, and strict punishment to attackers.”
Thackeray, who met Fadnavis at his official residence ‘Varsha’ was accompanied by Sena ministers Subhash Desai, Diwakar Raote and Deepak Kesarkar, who is the minister of state for home. He was also accompanied by the family members of police.
Meanwhile, Fadnavis has assured Thackeray that the demands of the families will be looked into. He also assured them of setting up of a committee to address their issues and inclusion of their family members in the panel. Fadnavis informed the delegation that various initiatives are undertaken by the state government for police welfare, including provision of Rs 2,000 crore for police housing this year, inclusion of police in ‘PM Awas Yojna’ and full-day salary on a working holiday.