Maharashtra: State cabinet clears 25 proposals worth ₹20,000cr in one go

With just weeks to go before assembly elections are announced in Maharashtra, the Devendra Fadnavis government made no less than 25 policy announcements, resulting in a financial burden of nearly Rs.20,000 crore.

The decisions were taken at one of the last cabinet meetings under this regime. Since poll dates are expected before the second half of September and the model code of conduct will come into force then, the chief minister will likely preside over the cabinet for one or two meetings more before his government assumes a caretaker role.

The projects green lighted by the BJP-Sena cabinet range from a Rs.13,874 crore irrigation scheme in Buldhana to a Rs.1,531 crore allocation for solar agriculture pumps to a Rs.2,100 crore grant for the Nashik metro rail, Rs.992 crore for expansion of Nagpur’s Mihan project, to an enhanced honorarium for artistes and doubling of stipends for medical college interns and Rs.320 crore as aid for unaided schools. In addition, the government will stand guarantee for loans worth Rs.150 crore sanctioned for four cooperative sugar factories by the National Cooperative Development Corporation.

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