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Maharashtra Budget 2023 is all about big announcements

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Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the finance minister of Maharashtra, made some big announcements in the Maharashtra Budget 2023. His entry was grand and lavish; he arrived with a red leather folder in hand, and Deepak Kesarkar was also all set to make announcements. The Maharashtra government has announced Rs 6,000 in annual cash benefits to 1.15 crore farmers on the lines of the PM Kisan Yojana. The state will bear the burden of Rs 6,900 crore a year for the scheme. Farmers in 14 suicide-hit districts get a cash benefit of about USD 1800 per year instead of grains distributed through PDS.

 The e-Pachnama will be conducted with the help of drones and satellites to assess the damage owing to natural calamities such as unseasonal rains and others. The state government has announced an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for fishermen. Fadnavis announced a fourth comprehensive women’s policy. Under this scheme, a girl child from below-poverty-level families is to be given Rs 75,000 till she attains the age of 18. There is also a 50 percent discount for women in state transportation when they travel across the state, Fadnavis announced.

The Maharashtra deputy CM announces the Led-Ladki scheme, under which grants will be given to yellow and orange ration card holders for education.  50 new hostels will be opened for working women across the state. The deputy CM announced a hike in anganwadi workers remuneration to Rs 10,000 from Rs 8,300. Anganwadi workers will get Rs 5,500 from the existing Rs 4425 a month. Mediclaim coverage given to BPL families under the Mahatma Phule Jivandayee Yojana has been increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh. Also, a patient will be able to get free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh under the Mahatma Phule Janarogya Yojana. Earlier, the cap for treatment was set at Rs 1.5 lakh.

Modi Awas Yojana will be rolled out, under which 10 lakh affordable houses will be built in the next three years by spending Rs 12,000 crore. Three lakh of them will be built in 2023–24. A welfare board for autorickshaw and taxi drivers will be started in Maharashtra. The state government will develop a logistics hub at Nagpur on a plot measuring 1,000 acres. Of the 337-km Metro network planned in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 46-km metro lines have already been operational. 50 km of lines to be operational this year.

The overall budget was focused on farmers, women, youth, employment, and the environment. Among the provisions are: 10 lakh affordable houses to be built in the next three years, and 50 kilometers of Metro lines to be made operational in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region this year. Fadnavis tabled the Economic Survey of Maharashtra 2022–23 in the state Legislative Assembly. According to the survey, the state’s economy in 2022–23 is expected to grow at 6.8 percent as opposed to 7 percent for the Indian economy. By comparison, the state economy expanded by 9.1 percent in 2021–22.

Rs 36,000 crore in allocations for infrastructural projects and premiums for farmers were announced. Rs 36,000 crore in allocations for various mega-infrastructure projects Based on Niti Aayog, Maharashtra should set up MITRA Sansthan. State government to provide a premium for farmers under PM Krishi Bima Yojna. Apart from the Rs 6,000 that individual farmers receive from the central scheme, the state promises an additional Rs 6,000. It means every eligible farmer will be entitled to Rs 12,000

Maharashtra’s economy in 2022–23 is expected to grow at 6.8 percent as opposed to 7 percent for the Indian economy, according to the Economic Survey of Maharashtra 2022–23, which was presented in the state Legislative Assembly by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Devendra Fadnavis. According to the survey, the agriculture and allied sector will be the prime driver of the growth in the state economy in 2022–23, with an estimated increase of 10.2 percent Rs 500 tenders granted ahead of the 2019 polls by the publicity department without CM approval: LoP Ajit Pawar

BEST gets another electric double-decker bus to ply on the CSMT-World Trade Center route. After a long wait, the Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) on Wednesday received one more electric double-decker bus. The new bus has a seating capacity of 90 passengers and can cover 100 km on just a 45-minute charge. It has a 231-kilowatt-hour battery life of up to 250 km

Maharashtra Budget Highlights, Rs 3,520 crore is proposed for the public health department; 10 lakh houses are under PM Awas Yojna. A Kolhapuri chappal cluster center will be started in Kolhapur, a bamboo cluster will be set up in Gadchiroli, and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule The ceiling of the Jan Arogya Yojana health scheme has been raised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Rs 3,520 crore was allocated to the public health department. -Various corporations based on communities like Lingayat, Ramoshi, etc., for which Rs 50 crore each has been allotted,

For working women’s betterment in Maharashtra, 50 new hostels will be started. Fadnavis also announced a hike in the remuneration of Anganwadi workers from Rs 8,300 to Rs 10,000. He added that anganwadi workers will get a hike to Rs 5,500 from the existing Rs 4,425 a month. Under the Mahatma Phule Jivandayee Yojna, the state has increased the Mediclaim cover given to BPL families from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Moreover, the free treatment under the Mahatma Phule Janarogya Yojana has also increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Rs 1729 crore is proposed for Mumbai beautification and Rs 39,000 crore for proposed Metro projects. -Rs 39,000 crore has been proposed for Metro projects in Thane, Nashik, and Pimpri-Chinchwad. -Rs 1729 crore have been proposed for beautification of Mumbai.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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