Maharashtra government tables supplementary demands of Rs 20,000 crore

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government tabled supplementary demands worth Rs 20,000 crore in both the houses of state legislature on Monday, the first day of the winter session. The supplementary demands include funds for preparation of Lok Sabha polls, Maratha reservations, for maintenance and repairs of 206 Hutatma smarak in the state, hire small aeroplanes for VVIPs and to produce a biopic on the life Jyotiba Phule.

Finance department has proposed Rs 26 crore as expenditure towards preparation for Lok Sabha polls. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar tabled the supplementary demands in the assembly and the Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Deepak Kesarkar, tabled the the demands in the Council.

On the other hand, the state has also proposed to provide Rs 60 lakh for the administrative expenses of two member committee to be appointed for giving recommendations on the restrictions, misuse of resources and conducting the simultaneous elections of Parliament, state assembly and local bodies.

The state government also proposed to spend Rs 12 crore for the maintenance and repairs of 206 Hutatma smarak in the state. Previously, there were two choppers owned by the government for the travel purpose of VVIPs, the government had to hire small aeroplanes. Now the government has proposed Rs 19 crore for engine repairing of government aircrafts and to cover the expenses of the rental aircrafts used by VVIPs.

In an important decision, the BJP-Shiv Sena government has proposed Rs 42 crore to give monetary relief for the people fighting for democracy during Emergency period. This decision to declare all people, who were arrested during the Emergency from 1975 to 1977, as freedom fighters was taken in the winter session of 2017.

The government also plans to produce a biopic on the life of the social reformer and thinker Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. The state government has made a provision of Rs 4.5 crore through the supplementary demands. However, the opposition party leader, Dhananjay Munde, alleged that this provision will not be sufficient to produce a film on Mahatma Phule. He demanded that government should increase the amount.The state government has decided to procure new buses for the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). The government has proposed Rs 50 crore through the supplemented demands to procure these buses.

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