To a question on deputy CM Ajit Pawar's comment expressing surprise how the Chief Minister's chambers survived the inferno, Chavan said his chambers are paperless and there was only one notepad on his table
Mumbai: Following Thursday's fire at Mantralaya, the state secretariat, reconstruction of documents in damaged files was the government's top priority, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Friday, reports PTI.
Chavan told reporters that 2.25 lakh files had been digitalised and 3.18 crore papers had been scanned prior to the incident.
"Hard disks of damaged computers will be retrieved, for which assistance of NASCOM and IT experts, including foreign agencies, will be taken," Chavan added.
Referring to speculation that files related to Adarsh housing scam may have been damaged, Chavan, who also holds the Urban Development portfolio, said the papers were with CBI and the judicial commission.
"We have photocopies with us. Hence, the speculation that Adarsh probe will be hampered due to the fire is ruled out," the Chief Minister said. Files of Land Ceiling department too were safe, he said.
All the files at Mantralaya will be put in steel trunks and taken to a safe place, he said. Secretaries of respective departments had been entrusted the task of recovering the files, he added.
Entry to the building was prohibited and the access would be allowed only after a structural audit, the Chief Minister said.
"The annexe building is safe while the top three floors of the main building have been damaged. The annexe building would be cleared in two days. Even in the main building, the first three floors have been flooded with water though there is no damage due to the fire," he said.
Ministers had been asked to shift to their offices in the nearby legislature complex temporarily, Chavan said. "They can also function from the field offices of their respective departments."
All the ministers had been asked to remain in Mumbai during the weekend, Chavan said.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people to avoid rumour-mongering, describing the fire as "an accidental calamity". "No doubt, the government's functioning will be affected. But our endeavour will be to minimise the impact," he said.
To a question on his deputy Ajit Pawar's comment expressing surprise how the Chief Minister's chambers survived the inferno, Chavan said "my conference room and cabinet room have been damaged severely. The door between these two rooms and my chambers is strong, made of wood. Perhaps, it is the reason why the damage in the chambers was minimal. My chambers are paperless and there was only one notepad on my table."
Chavan said he would discuss the fire and the steps being taken by the government in its aftermath with the opposition leaders later in the day.
A crisis in European banking system can choke trade, finance and economic growth not just in the Euro Zone but in the world at large
Bangalore: India on Friday said a crisis in the European banking system can choke trade and finance and in the process global economic growth, and called for substantially expanding the resource base of multilateral development banks, reports PTI.
"The sovereign debt crisis and the banking crisis, now on the horizon, has grave implications not only for the European economy, but also global economy," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said.
He was addressing a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
"A crisis in European banking system can choke trade, finance and economic growth not just in the Euro Zone but in the world at large," Krishna said.
Europe is of particular concern as it accounts for a significant share of the global economy and is also India's major trade and investment partner, he said.
Krishna said there is a need to substantially expand the resource base of multilateral development banks so that they have the fire-power to help developing countries pursue their developmental goals.
The Trinamool Congress chief said her government is with farmers and farmers unwilling to give their land in Singur, would get it back
Kolkata: In wake of the Calcutta High Court holding as unconstitutional the Singur Land Development Act, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government was with the farmers and committed to return of land to them, reports PTI.
"Unwilling farmers in Singur will get back their land. The state government is committed to it," Banerjee told reporters in the assembly premises after the high court held the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 as unconstitutional and void.
The state government had vested the land leased to the Tata Motors for its Nano small car project at Singur.
"We are with them and we will continue to be with them. They will emerge victorious at the end," Banerjee said.
Banerjee, however, refused to make any comment on the high court verdict.
Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra, belonging to the CPI(M) said the high court verdict had vindicated the party's stand.
"We have been saying that the bill was unconstitutional and we had offered to give several suggestions to the government on how to go about it," he told reporters.