Aarey car-shed work suspended, announces Uddhav Thackeray
In a significant development, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the work on the upcoming Mumbai Metro car-shed at the Aarey Colony has been suspended.
 
"The work on the Mumbai Metro will continue unhindered. However, the work of the car-shed will be suspended until further orders. We will not allow even a leaf from Aarey Colony to be removed," he asserted.
 
Thackeray's statement came barely two months after the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) authorities chopped down 2,141 trees in a few hours, or coming to one tree per minute, shocking the people of the state.
 
Addressing a meeting organised by the Mantralaya Reporters Association here this evening, he pointed out that he had become the first CM of the state from Mumbai, the country's commercial capital and would ensure that "not a single paise of public money" is misused or spent wrongly.
 
To a question whether the Maha Vikas Aghadi of Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress had diluted the Sena's 'saffron' colour, he managed a hearty laugh.
 
"I was born with this (saffron) colour. No laundry can ever wash it off," the CM said amidst a loud round of applause.
 
Thackeray said he would welcome any "constructive criticism" by the media on any aspects of the government or governance always, and agreed to consider suggestions put forth by media persons.
 
On how he felt about taking over as the Chief Minister, he candidly admitted that in his entire life, he had barely come to Mantralaya on a couple of occasions and has "not even seen the Vidhan Bhavan from inside".
 
"However, I have taken up the challenges of the MVA government. I will not run away from my responsibilities," he declared.
 
This was the new Chief Minister's first informal media interaction with the journalists who cover the Mantralaya and Legislature, where he appeared a tad weary, but cheerful, after his first day at work.
 
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    Aditya G

    1 week ago

    Recency bias at its best. We all know what happened to Guantamo Camp.

    Nakul Kumar Reddy

    2 weeks ago

    Forget about DVR and Drama team,
    Iam with u , decession taken.
    Waiting waiting .....

    Open Letter to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Seeks Implementation of Act 21 for Speedy Decisions
    Former central information commission Shailesh Gandhi has asked Maharashtra’s new chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to implement Act 21 of 2006 for speeding up the decision making process in the government offices. The letter also demands filling up vacancies, making institutions like Lokayukta strong, stepped up efforts for conserving water and increase transparency in the government. 
     
    Here is the letter sent by Mr Gandhi to CM Thackeray…
     
    29 November 2019
    Shri Uddhav Thackeray
    Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
     
    Dear Sir,
     
                Congratulations on becoming the Chief Minister of our State.
    You have said that you have serious intentions of governing Maharashtra for over a decade and I am sending you a few suggestions which would radically improve the governance of our State and reduce corruption.  
     
    1. Implementing Act 21 of 2006: This law requires that most decisions should be taken in three levels and this should be done within 45 days. If this is violated it mandates disciplinary action against the responsible public servants. This restores respect to the individual citizen and would go a long way in reducing corruption. Most applications, complaints and representations of citizens have to be decided within 45 days. (Note below).
     
    2. Ensuring filling all vacancies in government: The average vacancies in sanctioned positions is probably in the region of 25 to 30%. This is also a significant reason for inefficient and corrupt governance.
     
    3. Making Institutions strong: Lokayukta; Human Rights, Women’s, Children’s, Information Commissions, Police Complaints Authorities and many more such institutions are our checks and balances of democracy. These are selected with no criterion, and usually as a favour or reward.
     
    It must be ensured that proper criterion are laid down for the job requirements and a transparent process adopted for their selection. (Note below) 
     
    4. Stopping Burking: The law requires police to file a FIR when a cognizable crime is reported. There are many Supreme Court judgments on this. But police do not file FIRs, which results in crime being encouraged and corruption in the police. The extent of burking is not known but is likely to be of an order of 500% or more. (Note attached).
     
    5. Conserving water and raising the Water table: This is being done by some outstanding efforts of NGOs. If government replicates their ways and techniques it would be big gain.
     
    6. Increasing level of Transparency in Government;
     
    i) Appointing six information Commissioners to overcome the huge pendency.
     
    ii) Displaying all RTI applications and responses on the website, (Note attached)
     
    iii) Displaying most information on websites (https://jansoochna.rajasthan.gov.in/  a beginning has been made, we can do much better).
     
    I am sure you will be getting many requests. The above suggestions are for strengthening the Maharashtra administration, and could lead to great faith in the government. 
     
    Needless to say I would be honoured to explain these in detail, if you desire. Most of these are only seeking implementation of laws. Earlier governments have flouted laws. I am sure you will strike a new path.
     
    I am hoping this Open Letter will be shown to you and you will consider responding to it.
     
    Yours faithfully
    Shailesh Gandhi
    Former Central Information Commissioner
     
    Note on Act 21 of 2006: Government Servants Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties
     
     
    Note on Selection Evaluation of Information Commissioners
     
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    Harish

    2 weeks ago

    A Very Good Initiative by Shri Shailesh Gandhi.

    K C Gangadhar

    2 weeks ago

    Timely appeal by the ever active Shailesh Gandhi. Hope Moneylife can periodically track actions initiated by the Govt on these highlighted steps.

    Nakul Kumar Reddy

    2 weeks ago

    Already Decession taken, waiting for Ur signal only

    Maharashtra: CM Uddhav Thackeray No Longer Has a Remote Control
    Ending the month long drama and suspense, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday was sworn in as new chief minister of Maharashtra in a grand function held at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Uddhav, son of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb, is first from the famous Thackeray clan to leave 'remote control' behind and become a chief minister. Mr Thackeray was unanimously chosen as leader of the three party Maharashtra Vikas Aaghadi, consisting Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. 
     
    Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Thackeray in the presence of prominent leaders, members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and activists from all the three parties.  
     
    Along with chief minister Thackeray, two leaders from each party, including Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil from NCP, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut from Congress and Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde were also administered the oath as ministers in the new MahaVikas Aaghadi government. 
     
    In an unusual gesture, soon after completing the formalities, Mr Thackeray stepped to the front of the stage and knelt down, touched his hands and head on the floor to express his gratitude to the people of Maharashtra for the honour bestowed on him.
     
    NCP chief Sharad Pawar, MP Supriya Sule, Maharashtra’s former CM Devendra Fadnavis, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, MK Stalin, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray were also present at Shivaji Park for the swearing-in ceremony. 
     
    Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, along with wife Nita and son Anant were also present during the swearing-in function.
     
    This is the second time a Shiv Sena government was sworn-in at Shivaji Park - the first one being in 1995, when it led the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance government, and this time it is a Shiv Sena-led MVA government set to take office.
     
    Uddhav Thackeray is the first member of the state's prominent political family and the third Shiv Sena CM after Manohar Joshi (1995-1998) and Narayan Rane (1999).
     
    Since Wednesday, Shivaji Park itself was given a mega-facelift with touch-ups to the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the Balasaheb Thackeray memorial, a bust of Uddhav Thackeray's mother, Meenatai Thackeray, sweeping of the ground and disposing off any wastes in and outside the 28-acre ground, erection of flood-lights, and laying of a massive red carpet where the guests would be seated.
     
    Earlier in the day, the MahaVikasAaghadi declard its 'secular, all-inclusive' common minimum programme (CMP). 
     
    The preamble of the three parties' common minimum programme states: "The alliance partners commit to uphold the secular values enshrined in the Constitution. On contentious issues of national importance as well of state importance especially having repercussions/ consequences on the secular fabric of the nation, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will take a joint view after holding consultations and arriving at a consensus".
     
    The CMP focuses on hugely on the burning issues of the farmers, unemployment problems, urban roads and housing, girls and women's issues, besides problems plaguing the industry, health sector, social justice and other fields for the overall benefit of the state and its people.
     
    The CMP was announced at a joint press conference by Shiv Sena' Eknath Shinde, NCP's Jayant Patil, NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik and Congress' Balasaheb Thorat.
     
    Spelling cheers for Mumbaikars, the MVA government said it will provide homes of 500 square feet free of cost to slumdwellers instead of 300 square feet in Mumbai as well as across Maharashtra, under the Slum Rehabilitation Programme, with best infrastructure and basic facilities.
     
    The CMP also promises wholesome meals for only Rs10 for common citizens.
     
    To ensure proper implementation of the CMP, there will be two committees - one within the state cabinet and another among the three alliance partners, for better coordination, they said.
     
    Among the CMP's highlights are: immediate loan waiver to farmers, prompt assistance to farmers suffering due to unseasonal rains and floods, revising the crop insurance scheme to ensure immediate compensation to farmers who have suffered crop losses, ensuring remunerative prices for farm produce and sustainable water supply schemes for the drought-hit regions.
     
    To address the problems of unemployment, the MVA regime will take immediate measures to fill up all vacant posts in the government, enact a law to provide 80 per cent jobs to locals, and provide fellowships to educated unemployed youth.
     
    For women, girls from economically weaker sections will be given free education, working women's hostels will be built in cities and district headquarters, increased honorarium and better service conditions for anganwadi sevikas/asha workers, strengthening women's Self Help Groups to empower them, while highest priority will be accorded to safety of women by the government.
     
    The government will take all measures to improve the standards of education, children of farmers and economically weaker sections will be given zero interest loans, the three leaders said.
     
    For urban roads development, the new MVA government will bring a scheme designed on the Chief Minister Gram Sadak Yojana with separate financial provisions for Nagar Panchayats, Municipal Councils and Municipal Corporations.
     
    To ensure good health for all, the government will launch Re 1 clinics at taluka levels to conduct all pathological tests, super-speciality hospitals and medical colleges will be set in each district in a phased manner, and health insurance cover provided to all citizens of Maharashtra.
     
    For ensuring social justice, the government will take measures on pending questions of the scheduled casts (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs), Dhangars, other backward classes (OBCs), and balutedars so that they are not deprived of basics rights like food, shelter, clothing, education, health, employment, besides schemes to eliminate social, educational and economic backwardness of the minority community, as per the Constitution.
     
    The government will take special steps to develop tourism in the state, increase facilities for senior citizens, and deal sternly with food and drugs adulteration.
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    Aditya G

    2 weeks ago

    At least this circus has ended. Now, waiting for the next circus. Someone, please pass me the popcorn.

    Sandeep More

    2 weeks ago

    With a huge State deficit, I wonder which ones of the CMP would be relegated to the background

    RAEES RAJPOOT

    2 weeks ago

    YET LET US HOPE FOR THE BEST.

    MR.CM IS GENETICALLY STRONG BUT PRACTICALLY JUST NOWHERE.

    Mohamed Meghani

    2 weeks ago

    The intention is good let us hope and pray for good efficient and effective implementation

    Ashok Maheshwari

    2 weeks ago

    Well, it's nothing short of Miracle. Promises and assurances if sincerely implemented, then the Finance capital of India need to be upgraded too.

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