CM of Maharashtra Commits Extensive Efforts to Eliminate Naxalism in Gadchiroli: Prioritizing Job Creation and Empowerment as Key Strategies
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, announced during a government outreach program in Gadchiroli that his administration is committed to eradicating Naxalite violence and ensuring the welfare of the district’s population. Out of the total population of 11 lakh, approximately 6.70 lakh individuals have already registered as beneficiaries of the government’s initiatives.
Under the “shaasan aplya dari” scheme, registered beneficiaries have received various benefits such as tractors, harvesters, cycles, godowns, and caste certificates. The program also emphasizes women’s empowerment. The event saw the launch of several projects by Chief Minister Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.
Shinde highlighted the positive impact of a steel plant being established in Gadchiroli, which has already created direct and indirect employment opportunities for 4000 individuals. Moreover, a proposed second steel plant is expected to generate an additional 20,000 jobs. The Chief Minister expressed his determination to significantly reduce Naxalite activities in the district and eventually make it free of Naxalite violence.
Shinde mentioned that the Union government has been providing financial assistance for the state’s welfare schemes. He criticized the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray, alleging that their failure to approach the Centre for assistance was due to ego clashes.
Furthermore, Shinde expressed confidence that the inclusion of Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister would accelerate the development of Maharashtra. Pawar recently orchestrated a vertical split in the NCP and joined the Shinde government along with eight MLAs, including Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil.
Speaking at the event, Ajit Pawar commended the rapid progress of the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stated that he and his NCP colleagues joined the Shinde government to support the vision of development and progress set forth by PM Modi.
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