Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan attacked the Devendra Fadnavis led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for its failure to implement the ‘Start Up’ policy and has lagged behind in ‘Ease of Doing’ policy with declining industrial development.
Referring to the ‘State Startup Ranking Report-2018,’ published by the union department for industry on December 20, Chavan alleged, Maharashtra is almost ranked below in India right now, while Gujarat has secured the top position and advised Fadnavis should learn from neighbouring Gujarat. Sudhir Mungantiwar, the finance minister rubbished these allegations made by Chavan and said as a former chief minister, Chavan should not indulge in defaming his own state, especially based on some false information.
Chavan interacted with media on Monday. He has blamed Fadnavis government for being lethargic in bringing the Start UP policy only in January this year, while Andhra Pradesh was the first to implement it in 2014. Chavan said Fadnavis had made a fake promise of making the state the capital of Start-ups. “Out of 27 states and three Union Territories, Maharashtra is not ranked in the first 15 slots and that is very shameful,” he said.
Chavan also blamed Fadnavis government for slowing down the industrial development. “Since the Fadnavis-led BJP government has come into power, the growth rate of industries in Maharashtra has been decreasing consistently. From 7.2 per cent in 2015-16 and 6.9 per cent in 2016-17, the rate fell to 6.5 per cent in 2017-18. In the past four years, the government has promoted ‘Make in Maharashtra’ and ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ through massive advertisement campaigns, but has failed miserably in delivering their promises,” he further alleged.
Chavan also stated, the State’s position in the Ease of Doing Business has also been on the decline. The state ranked 8th in 2015, while it came down to rank 10, in 2016 and 13, in the year 2018.Mungantiwar clarified, “There are 14,036 approved start up units across the country. Of which, the highest number, 2787 are in Maharashtra which makes it the state capital of Start Up units.” The minister also stated, the industrial growth rate of the country is at 4.4 percent whereas it is 6.5 percent of Maharashtra.