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Past articles by Sandeep:

Maharashtra govt sanctions grant for modernisation of 121 madrassas

As part of the scheme registered madrassas with residential facilities for students can avail government grants if they teach subjects such as science, mathematics, social sciences, Hindi, Marathi, English and Urdu, along with religious studies. → Read More

Tribal households in Maharashtra to get one-time grant of Rs 4,000

According to information, the government has readied a Rs 700 crore stimulus package for tribal and forest dwelling communities, which is expected to come up for discussion in the state cabinet on Tuesday. → Read More

Maharashtra: Allow us to open, trade bodies to govt

The Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM), an umbrella body of 781 registered trade associations, has approached CM Uddhav Thackeray for permitting both retail and wholesale traders to resume activities even in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. → Read More

Maharashtra considers cash transfers for migrants

The recommendation comes at a time when industry captains have warned that the ongoing reverse migration will hurt the pace of the industry’s revival from the damage inflicted by the coronavirus lockdown. → Read More

Ahead of its maiden Budget, Uddhav govt raises additional grants worth Rs 24,700 crore

According to the supplementary statement of expenditure, which was tabled by Maharashtra’s Finance Minister Ajit Pawar on the first day of the Budget Session of the state Assembly, just about nine per cent or Rs 2,232 crore of these have been set aside for public sector investment in capital works. → Read More

Maharashtra budget session: Ajit Pawar lavishes sops on own constituency

On Monday, Pawar raised additional grants worth Rs 101.42 crore to meet the expenditure for the six newly commissioned projects in Baramati, approval to which has been sought from the state legislature. → Read More

Maharashtra: 63% of development budget lies unused

According to the latest estimates indicated on Maharashtra government’s live online Budget monitoring system (Budget Estimation, Allocation and Monitoring System), only 37 per cent of the development Budget has been utilised so far. → Read More

Maharashtra: Govt set to restore excess water supply from dam to Pawar’s home turf

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Cabinet is expected to sanction a proposal cancelling the previous decision, and restoring the supply to Baramati, on Wednesday. → Read More

Mumbai: Year-old audit report had found floors gutted in fire ‘structurally hazardous’

The report, submitted by engineers from the Veer Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), last year had advised the immediate removal of the building’s top two floors - the ninth and the tenth floors - that were added about a decade-and-a-half ago. → Read More

Mumbai: Govt approves 10 more Shiv Bhojan centres

While a total of 10 centres were initially opened in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, Navi Mumbai, and Mira Bhayander, Controller of Rationing and Director of Civil Supplies (Mumbai) Kailash Pagare said that 10 more places — six in Mumbai, one each in Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar — were approved on Monday. → Read More

Part of seashore now becomes govt land in South Mumbai

Official records obtained by The Indian Express show that Mumbai (city) Collector’s office, on January 9, 2020, issued a property card, labelling the foreshore portion as land and providing a cadastral number to it → Read More

Farm loan waiver row: Maharashtra govt probes if there was deliberate ploy to derail scheme

Earlier on January 18, an sms with a web link, meant to share details regarding the loan waiver scheme, was shared with the farmers through the Agriculture department’s ‘KISSAN’ portal. However, the URL link shared with the sms for scheme details was found to redirect users to the Candy Crush site. → Read More

Maharashtra Rs 10 meals: Scheme to kick off with 100 food canteens, 4,000 subsidised thalis

Of the 100 canteens where the scheme will be launched to begin with, 10 are in Mumbai. Neighbouring Thane will also see the launch of three subsidised canteens on January 6, while Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayander will have one canteen each. → Read More

Municipal councils: Maharashtra govt to discontinue direct polls for civic chiefs

The move is being seen as yet another significant reversal of a decision taken by the Devendra Fadnavis government, which had reintroduced direct election model for the posts of the president and deputy president in all such urban local bodies in May 2016. → Read More

Mumbai confidential: Pawar Play

Ahead of the budget session of the legislative assembly, Ajit Pawar has been independently reviewing projects and the spend plan of all departments. But buzz is ripe that Pawar’s assertion has not gone down well with the Shiv Sena camp. → Read More

Mumbai: Cost of Ambedkar memorial rises to Rs 1,000 crore

Delays in the implementation of the project and the Maharashtra government’s decision to increase the statue’s height and modify the overall design has led to the cost escalation, said sources. → Read More

Devendra Fadnavis used contentious rule to pay irrigation contractors

Maharashtra govt stays move; ex- CM says did it as ‘special case’ to expedite works → Read More

An unlikely alliance, a rookie CM and tensions on ground

As per the power-sharing arrangement discussed among the sides, Sena will hold 15 ministerial portfolios, including the chief minister’s post, NCP is also likely to bag 15 ministerial berths, while the Congress might end up with 13 berths. → Read More

Maharashtra govt formation: Draft CMP ready, Sena, Cong, NCP shift focus to power-sharing formula

The Congress, which won lesser seats as compared to NCP and Sena, has been insisting on an equitable power distribution model on the ground that each party needs the other to come to power. → Read More

Maharashtra: Nearly 1 crore farmers hit by rain, Governor calls urgent meeting

In August, ahead of the state elections, then Fadnavis-led government had decided not to follow the Centre’s norms for crop losses suffered on account of floods in western Maharashtra, pegging the overall crop loss at Rs 2,088 crore. But the Centre is yet to announce the compensation from its side. → Read More