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Maharashtra Budget 2023: 1000-acre logistics hub in Nagpur to ₹12,000 honorarium per year for farmers…

Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, on Thursday, presented Maharashtra Budget 2023 – based on the principle of ‘Panchamrut’ – with five focus points namely farmers, women, youth, employment, and environment.

Here are some key announcements made in the Maharashtra Budget 2023 today by Fadnavis…

  • The state government will develop a logistics hub at Nagpur on a plot measuring 1,000 acre.
  • The state government announced ₹6000 annual cash benefit to 1.15 crore farmers on the lines of PM Kisan Yojana. Besides, the state government will bear the burden of ₹6900 crore a year for the scheme. 
  • The e-pachnama to be conducted with the help of drone and satellite to ascertain the damage due to natural calamities such as unseasonal rains and others. 
  • Insurance cover of ₹5 lakh to fisherfolks.
  • Fourth comprehensive women’s policy: A girl child from BPL (Below Poverty Line) families to be given ₹75,000 till she attains the age of 18.
  • 50% discount for women in State Transport travel across the state 
  • Led-Ladki scheme, under which grants will be given to yellow and orange ration card holders for education.
  • Mediclaim cover given to BPL families under Mahatma Phule Jivandayee Yojana increased to ₹5 lakh from ₹1.5 lakh. A patient will get free treatment up to ₹5 lakh for free under Mahatma Phule Janarogya Yojana. Earlier, the cap for treatment was ₹1.5 lakh.
  • Modi Awas Yojana: 10 lakh affordable houses to be built in next three years at a cost of ₹12,000 crore, out of which, three lakh will be built in 2023-24. A welfare board for autorickshaw and taxi drivers will be started in the state. 
  • Of the 337-km Metro network planned in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 46 km metro lines have already been operational while 50km lines will be operational this year.
  • For the betterment of working women in the state, 50 new hostels will be started for working women. Fadnavis also announced a hike in the remuneration of Anganwadi workers from ₹8,300 to 10,000 and hike for Anganwadi helpers from ₹5,500 from the existing ₹4,425 a month.
  • Farmers in 14 suicide-hit districts to get cash benefit of ₹1800 per year instead of grains that are distributed through PDS. 

Also read: PM Modi likely to visit Nagpur by April end 

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Flags of various countries erected at RBI Square ahead of G20 Summit in Nagpur

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Ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled in Nagpur, flags of various countries participating in the Summit could be seen at RBI Square.

Ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled to be held in Nagpur on March 20 and 21, flags of various countries participating in the Summit could be seen at RBI Square (aka Samvidhan Square) near Kasturchand Park and GPO Square on Thursday morning. 

Ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled in Nagpur, flags of various countries participating in the Summit could be seen at RBI Square.

G20 Summit is the premier forum for international economic cooperation that plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. India holds the Presidency of the G20 from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.

Also read: G20 meet in Nagpur: Beggars, homeless living for 30 years asked to ‘return after 2 months’

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शिंदे सरकारचे पहिले बजेट समाधानकारक: डॉ आशिष देशमुख

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Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh, on Friday, shared his reaction on the recent Maharashtra Budget 2023 by government.

Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh, on Friday, shared his reaction on the recent Maharashtra Budget 2023 by government.

Dr Ashish Deshmukh

“राज्याच्या अर्थसंकल्पातील नमो शेतकरी योजनेमुळे शेतकऱ्यांना वार्षिक सहा हजारांवरून आता बारा हजार मिळणार, हा मोठा आधार आहे.  आधीच्या विमा योजनेत विमा हप्त्याच्या २ टक्के रक्कम शेतकर्‍यांकडून घेण्यात येत होती. आता शेतकर्‍यांना केवळ १ रुपयांत पीकविम्याचा निर्णय स्वागतार्ह आहे.

विदर्भ, मराठवाड्यातील १४ आपत्तीग्रस्त जिल्ह्यांतील शेतकऱ्यांना अन्नधान्याऐवजी  प्रतिवर्ष, प्रतिशेतकरी १८०० रुपयांची थेट आर्थिक मदत ही महत्वाची घोषणा आहे. लेक लाडकी ही योजना महाराष्ट्रात पहिल्यांदा येत आहे. असंघटित कामगारांच्या परिवाराच्या शिक्षणाबद्दल यात तरतूद केली आहे. ज्येष्ठांना आणि महिलांना एसटीत 50 टक्के सूट दिली आहे, ही चांगली गोष्ट आहे. शक्तिसदन योजनेत पीडित महिलांना आश्रय, विधी सेवा, आरोग्यसेवा, समुपदेशन या चांगल्या बाबी आहेत. संजय गांधी निराधार योजनेत वाढ केली आहे. शेतकऱ्यांसाठी, महिलांसाठी चांगल्या घोषणा केल्यात, त्याबद्दल राज्य सरकारचे अभिनंदन. भाजपची आणि शिंदेंची राजकीय तब्येत ढासळत असतांना या बजेटने त्यावर औषधोपचार केला. त्यामुळे बजेटसाठी सरकारचे अभिनंदन करणे भाग आहे. शिंदे सरकारचे पहिले बजेट समाधानकारक आहे”, अशी प्रतिक्रिया माजी आमदार आणि काँग्रेस नेते डॉ. आशिषराव र. देशमुख यांनी व्यक्त केली आहे.

नागालॅंडमध्ये राष्ट्रवादी कॉंग्रेसने खंबीर भूमिका घ्यायला पाहिजे होती. कारण त्यांच्या या भूमिकेने राजकीय परिस्थितीवर परिणाम होणार आहे. राष्ट्रवादीच्या संदर्भात राज्यात संशयकल्लोळ निर्माण झाला आहे. नागालॅंडमध्ये निवडून आलेले त्यांचे सर्व आमदार सत्तेसोबत गेले. लोकशाहीत प्रभावी विरोधक आवश्यक आहे. तेथे त्यांना विरोधी पक्षाची स्पेस घेता आली असती. पण त्यांनी तसे न करता भाजपसोबत सत्तेत सहभागी होण्याचा निर्णय घेतला. याचा फटका त्यांना महाराष्ट्रात नक्की बसेल, असे डॉ. आशिषराव र. देशमुख म्हणाले.

Also read: Budget offers roadmap for state’s holistic development as we enter ‘Amrut Kaal:’ CAMIT Chief Dipen Agrawal 

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Budget offers roadmap for state’s holistic development as we enter ‘Amrut Kaal:’ CAMIT Chief Dipen Agrawal

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Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade President Dr Dipen Agrawal said GST on MIDC-leasing land was affecting MSMEs.

Dr Dipen Agrawal

Dr Dipen Agrawal, President Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) shared his views on Maharashtra Budget 2023 on Friday. 

He writes…

1 Sustainable Farming-Prosperous Farmers.

2 Inclusive development of all sections of society including women, tribals, backward classes, OBCs.

3 Development of infrastructure with substantial capital investment.

4 Employment generation: competent, skilled, employable youth.

5 Environment friendly development.

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis proposes Rs 547,450 Crore budget with huge fiscal, revenue deficits, though the state government has succeeded in keeping the fiscal deficit below 3 per cent of the SGDP, and the fiscal deficit for 2023-2024 is estimated at a whopping Rs 95,500.8 crore – up from Rs 89,598 crore over 2022-2023.

The budget had the vision, structure and discipline to cover each and all segments of society and sectors like Agriculture, Infrastructure, Women, tribals and backward classes Welfare, health care, Cooperation, Transport, Roads\Highways Youth, Wildlife, Education, Trade and Industry.

Vidarbha and Nagpur has got its share of each category of ‘Panchamrut’ from the budget such as Wainganga-Nalganga-Painganga river linking, allocation of Rs.1500Cr for Gosikhurd, Maharashtra Shaktipeeth Highway (Nagpur-Goa), Allocation of Rs. 100 Cr for MIHAN, 1000 Acre Logistics Hub to name a few.  

The budget reflects the vision of DCM of Maharashtra being 1 trillion $ economy and its road map to achieve it. The Amnesty Scheme , 2023  for Goods and Service Tax announced as ‘Maharashtra Settlement of Arrears of Tax, Interest, Penalty or Late Fee Act 2023  as was demanded by Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) and it is a welcome step.

The Budget if is to be rated on a scale of 10 then we can safely give 8/10. It can well be termed as Maha Budget 2023. 

Also read: Maharashtra Budget 2023: 1000-acre logistics hub in Nagpur to ₹12,000 honorarium per year for farmers…

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