Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday met a delegation of farmers here even as thousands of farmers continued their march towards Mumbai from Nashik district to press their demands. The meeting was underway, said an official in the Chief Minister's Office. Earlier, the state government rushed ministers Dada Bhuse and Atul Save to hold a discussion with the farmers whose demands include an immediate financial relief of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers, uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans.
The 200-km march from Nashik to Mumbai has entered Day 5Cracked soles, swollen feet and many companions hospitalised - farmers marching from Nashik to Mumbai are braving all odds to continue their agitation for relief to onion growers and several other demands.As the 200-km march entered its fifth day today, NDTV spoke to some of the farmers during a short break in their long, arduous journey.Most of them had deep cracks on their soles. Some of them had wrapped cloth in their sandals after the leather edges started stinging.Asked if she will rest for a bit, an elderly woman said, "No, I will keep on walking for our demands."Ambulances had been called in for those feeling unwell. One of the farmers sitting in an ambulance broke down. He said he was not feeling well and that his feet were hurt after his slippers tore. He said he has money but could not find any store he could buy slippers at. Others said they were feeling dizzy and weak.The march has been organised by the CPM and besides farmers, many workers in the unorganised sector and and members of tribal communities have joined it.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe farmers have a long list of demands, including an immediate financial relief of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers who have been hit hard by a steep fall in prices. Many of the farmers are from tribal communities and are demanding land rights. Also on the list of demands is uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans.The Maharashtra government has reached out to the farmers. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, his deputy Devendra Fadnavis and other senior ministers will meet them today. Two ministers, Dada Bhuse and Atul Save, have already held a meeting with farmers' representatives after the march entered Thane last night.
Maharashtra farmers' protest: the foot march started from Dindori town in Nashik.Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday will hold another round of talks with a delegation representing thousands of farmers and tribals, who are walking towards Mumbai, in its bid to address their demands, said former MLA Jiva Gavit spearheading the long march.The talks will be held with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, ministers concerned and top state officials, he said. As scores of farmers and tribals marching towards Mumbai from Nashik district in North Maharashtra entered Thane district, ministers Dada Bhuse and Atul Save met a delegation of farmers late Wednesday night.Former legislator Mr Gavit said the ministers have invited the delegation of farmers and tribals for a meeting with Chief minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday."They have responded to 40 per cent of the demands," Mr Gavit said."Respecting the invitation extended to us, we are going to attend the meeting," Mr Gavit said. He added that the march will continue if the answers from the government remain unsatisfactory.In the meeting held on Wednesday night, Mr Gavit said the ministers were positive about some of their demands. However, the decisions will be taken in the state secretariat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe protesters, holding red flags, started their foot march from Dindori town in Nashik district, around 200 km from Mumbai, on Sunday in support of their various demands, including an immediate financial relief of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers, uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The march, which started from Dindori in Nashik district, will cover 200 km before it reaches MumbaiMumbai: As thousands of Maharashtra farmers march towards Mumbai with a list of demands, drones captured visuals of the rally as it wound through meandering roads and different terrains while inching close to the Maximum City.The march, which started from Dindori in Nashik district, has been organised by the CPM and will cover 200 km before it reaches Mumbai.Organisers said that besides farmers, many workers in the unorganised sector, such as ASHA workers, and members of tribal communities have joined the march.The Farmers' DemandsThe farmers marching to Mumbai have a long list of demands, including an immediate financial relief of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers. Onion farmers in Maharashtra have been hit hard by a steep fall in prices. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has said high production has led to this situation and announced a compensation of Rs 300 per quintal to onion farmers.The farmers are also demanding uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans. They also want steps to arrest a slide in the prices of soybean, cotton and tur and immediate relief to farmers affected by recent unseasonal rains and other natural calamities.Those in the procession are also demanding implementation of the Old Pension Scheme for state government employees who have joined service post-2005.The Government's ResponseThe state government has reached out to the protesting farmers and two cabinet ministers, Dada Bhuse and Atul Save, will be meeting them on their way to Mumbai. A meeting was scheduled yesterday between representatives of the farmers and the state government, but could not take place. The farmers have now demanded that government representatives come and meet them.Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar and CPM MLA Vinod Nikole have said in the Assembly that the government must talk to the farmers. In response, minister Bhuse said they will hold a meeting and hopes to reach an understanding with the farmers.Speaking to NDTV, Mr Bhuse said, "They have 14 demands. The government will address them to the extent possible under the ambit of law."A 2018 ReplugPromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe ongoing foot march by the farmers is similar to the 2018 'Kisan Long March' from Nashik to Mumbai. Also organised by the Left parties, the march had seen participation of thousands of farmers. They had demanded a loan waiver and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers tilling it for years.Once the protest reached Mumbai, then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had accepted the farmers' demands.
The march will cover a distance of around 200 km to reach MumbaiMumbai: Thousands of farmers and tribals launched a march towards Mumbai from Nashik district in North Maharashtra on Tuesday in support of their demands, including an immediate financial relief of Rs 600 per quintal to onion growers, uninterrupted electricity supply for 12 hours and a waiver of agriculture loans.They have also sought measures to arrest the fall of soybean, cotton and tur prices, and immediate relief to farmers affected by recent unseasonal rains and other natural calamities.The protesters demanded implementation of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for state government employees who have joined service post-2005.The march, organised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), started from Dindori in Nashik district and will cover a distance of around 200km to reach Mumbai.Raising the issue in the state Assembly, which is having its budget session, CPI(M) MLA Vinod Nikole said a meeting between the state government and representatives of the agitating farmers was scheduled for Tuesday, but it was cancelled.Ports and Mining Minister Dada Bhuse, who is also the Guardian minister of Nashik, said the government will hold a meeting with farmer representatives on Wednesday and hoped to reach an understanding on issues raised by the cultivators and tribals.In the Maharashtra Assembly, Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar urged the government to hold immediate talks with farmers keeping in view the prevailing hot weather as many protesters are walking barefoot.The Maharashtra government on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 300 per quintal to onion farmers who are severely affected by a steep fall in prices of the commodity.Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had announced the decision in the Assembly and said it will provide relief to onion growers.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comPrices of the kitchen staple have crashed in Maharashtra, resulting in farmers getting very little for their produce.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Ganesh Gite, 36, joined CISF in 2011 (Representational)Nashik, Maharashtra: A jawan from the Central Industrial Security Force fell into a canal and drowned after he lost control of his motorbike in Maharashtra's Nashik district, a police official said on Friday. His wife and two kids who were travelling with him survived.Ganesh Gite (36), who joined CISF in 2011, was on leave to attend a relative's wedding, the official said. His body was recovered after nearly 20 hours, he said.Ganesh Gite, who hailed from Mendhi village in Sinnar taluka in the district, visited the famous Shirdi shrine along with his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son on Thursday. The family was returning on a motorbike when they met with an accident, he said.Around 6.30 pm, Ganesh Gite lost control of the two-wheeler when he tried to take a turn near Chondhi Shivar, a little distance from their home, and the family fell into a canal of a dam built on the river Godavari, he said.Ganesh Gite reportedly helped locals rescue his wife and children but could not pull himself out. "The current was strong as the water was being discharged into the canal as per rotation," said the official.A rescue operation was launched after the water supply to the canal was stopped. Ganesh Gite's body was found at 2.25 pm on Friday, about 1 km from the accident spot, the official said. He had been on deputation to the Special Protection Group, said another official.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comWhile district guardian minister Dada Bhuse monitored the rescue operation, the locals were upset that it took a long time to recover Ganesh Gite's body.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayNDTV Impact: Probe After Madhya Pradesh Folk Dancers Tested For HIV/AIDS
NCP MLAs staging a protest at the assembly wearing garland of onions.Mumbai: The Maharashtra assembly today witnessed chaos over the falling onion prices and was adjourned for the day amid an uproar by the Opposition members.The Opposition MLAs demanded a discussion on the farmers' issue in the assembly after Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the Legislative Council the state government was ready to provide grant to the onion producers.Mr Fadnavis said the government is taking all measures to provide relief to the onion farmers by buying their produce.Following two brief adjournments, the House was adjourned for the day amid Opposition uproar.Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party MLAs staged a protest at the Maharashtra assembly wearing garland of onions.The assembly protests come a day after the farmers stopped the auction at Asia's biggest onion market in Nashik district due to the falling prices. The protest at the Lasalgaon mandi in Nashik was called off in the evening following an assurance by a state minister.BJP MLA Ram Kadam alleged that the protesting farmers were actually Congress and NCP workers.Congress state chief Nana Patole accused the government of being anti-farmers. "If they are Congress workers, will you not help the farmers who support the Congress," he responded to Mr Kadam's allegations.The wholesale prices of onions, which had been on a constant decline in the state, fell from Rs 4 to Rs 2 per kg yesterday, angering the farmers.The onion growers have demanded an immediate grant of Rs 1,500 per quintal of onions and that the government buy their produce at Rs 15-20 per kg. Else, they would not let the auction resume at the mandi, said a representative.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBut the onions fetched a minimum price of Rs 200 per quintal (Rs 2/kg) as soon as the auction opened for the week yesterday. The maximum was Rs 800 per quintal with the average being around Rs 400-450 per quintal.Angered by this, the farmers had stopped the auction and staged a protest.
Nashik: A grand theme park and museum dedicated to Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar will come up in his native Bhagur village in Nashik district along with a circuit encompassing areas that are connected to his life, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha said on Sunday. He was speaking at an event in Bhagur to mark the death anniversary of Savarkar. "The life and thoughts of Veer Savarkar are an inspiration to all. The Maharashtra government is taking efforts to ensure the entire world knows about his life and works. We will build a grand theme park and museum of international standard dedicated to Veer Savarkar," Lodha said. The theme park will be managed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and work on it will be completed quickly, the minister said. "We will create Veer Savarkar Tourism Circuit, which will cover Bhagur, Abhinav Bharat Mandir in Nashik, Savarkar Chair Centre at Pune, Fergusson College hostel, the Babarao Savarkar memorial in Sangli, Patitpavan Mandir (temple) in Ratnagiri and Savarkar Sadan, Savarkar Memorial in Mumbai," Lodha announced.
Maharashtra's Eknath Shinde government has decided to start a tourism circuit linked to Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha has announced that the tourism department will start the circuit to spread awareness about Savarkar's achievements.Lodha announced that the state will observe Savarkar's death anniversary on February 26 in Nashik's Bhagur, his birthplace. "We will take out a padayatra from Nutan Vidyalaya to Savarkar wada (Savarkar's residence). We will also take out a procession of the Ashtabhuja Devi mandir at Bagur. We are inviting several of his followers, social and cultural organisations, historians and others who would read out his works," Lodha said on Friday, adding those who have worked to propagate Savarkar's thoughts would be felicitated.The Maharashtra government's move could help create a discord between the Uddhav Thackeray group of Shiv Sena and Congress as the latter is bound to oppose the circuit.
NASHIK: Two cases of copying were reported in Dhule on the first day of the HSC examination in the Nashik division, said Rajendra Ahire, the Nashik divisional secretary of Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (MSBSHSE). With the exception of the two copying cases, there were no other unusual incidents across the division, comprising Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nandurbar districts. Of the total 1,62,218 students in the division, 3,486 were absent for the first paper, added Ahire.Meanwhile, all the examination centres saw a heavy rush of students nearly an hour before the examination time. Vrusha Jadhav, a student, said, "I was nervous about the exam, as this happened to be our first board exam. Two years back, when we were in Std X, Covid-19 was at its peak, so the board exams did not take place. But the exam went well.""It was nice to see parents coming to the examination centres to drop their children and kiss them before sending them inside. I think many students like me could be in stress given the expectations from us. I have given my best," said Jagruti Tupe, another student. Meanwhile, the traffic jam was seen on the roads opposite most of the examination centres before and after the paper time. Senior police officials said strict security arrangements are in place to ensure no untoward incident takes place.The officials of the MSBSHSE, Nashik division, said the students should not take much stress and write the papers freely.Many students were seen speaking about the confusion that erupted in the class over questions in section 2 of poetry after coming out of the examination centre.
NASHIK: Over 200 sanitation workers, who worked on contract and got expelled by their contractor in October last year after they resorted to strike, have started an indefinite fast at the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) headquarters seeking civic body’s intervention. The NMC has hired a contractor for outsourcing 700 sanitation workers and the same contractor concerned had expelled over 200 workers. These workers had joined the union affiliated to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and had gone on strike to press for their demands. The contractor took the step against the workers after the cleanliness in Nashik West and Nashik East divisions was affected. Later, new workers were appointed in order to maintain cleanliness. For the past four months, the workers have been demanding their reinstatement. When contacted, Avesh Palod, director of NMC’s solid waste management department, said, “The workers have moved court and the matter is now sub-judice. We will obey whatever the court orders.”
Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said that the state government had taken a stand that a new exam pattern for MPSC should be introduced only after 2025. "I have personally spoken to the MPSC chief and explained the state's views. We are supporting the demand of MPSC students," he said.The MPSC had earlier decided to conduct the main examination with a UPSC-like descriptive pattern from 2023. In recent times, MPSC aspirants, supported by youth organisations of various parties, held protests in Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Nagpur. TNN
NASHIK: Union minister of state for health and family welfare Bharati Pawar on Sunday said that Maharashtra is also climbing the ladder in terms of better performance in deceased organ donations and the associations across the state, working in the sector, should visit Tamil Nadu, that ranks first in the country, to understand their functioning and strategies. Dr Pawar was speaking at the concluding session of Shresthadan Mahabhiyan, a 2-day programme on organ donation organised by several non-governmental organisations, including the Federation of Organ and Body Donation and Mrityunjay Organ Foundation in Nashik. Pawar said, "The data available with the ministry shows that Tamil Nadu is a front-runner in organ donation and has been ranked first from 2018-2020 by National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Even Maharashtra was awarded as a best-performing state in organ donations in 2021." "This shows awareness among people about organ donation is rising in Maharashtra also. This is because of the organisations working in the sector. I, therefore, feel that since there is a lot of scope for improvement, the NGOs from the state need to visit Tamil Nadu and understand the best practices carried out by them," Dr Pawar stated. The minister added that her office would be happy to share the information and even arrange meetings with the concerned officers to enable the exchange of information which will help increase awareness about organ donation in Maharashtra by devising ways and means for organ harvesting facilities, preparing infrastructure required and sourcing the expertise for the same. Nashik divisional commissioner Radhakrishna Game, in his address, stressed on increasing awareness about the organ donation in the government system and at the same time, called for collective data of the 'organ donors' on an online basis that will help harvest organs easily from the deceased in case of accidental death.
Nashik: As many as 1,978 suspected wanted in cases like thefts, robberies, abduction, murder and rape have managed to evade arrest either by dodging the police or never turning up for court proceedings once obtaining bail.The Nashik city police have prepared a list of such suspects, who are wanted in various cases from the time the police commissionerate was formed. Senior police officials admitted that many suspects who were out on bail never returned. These are mainly those who are not residents of Nashik city, district or state. Police officials said wanted suspects are those who are accused of a certain crime but are never traced during the investigation. These people could be accused of charges like murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt, rape, etc. The officials said there are other cases as well in which the accused are not identified due to the lack of information.As per the police record of the 1,978 wanted suspects, 1,178 are from Nashik, 452 are not from the district and 348 are not from Maharashtra.Senior officers of the 13 police stations in the city and the crime branch have been instructed to step up their vigilance and trace the criminals. DCP (crime) Prashant Bachhav said, "Incomplete names and addresses pose difficulties in tracing the criminals but we have asked the officers and personnel of police stations to make sincere efforts in tracing them."
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government will be soon use drones for surveillance in major prisons in the state, an official said on Tuesday. As part of its prison modernization drive, the government would be buying a dozen micro unmanned aerial vehicles (drones fitted with cameras) valued at Rs1.8 crore and four X-ray baggage inspection systems valued at Rs1.9 crore, he said. The home department on Monday sanctioned funds to purchase modern security-related equipment for the prisons department, he added. Drones with cameras would enable monitoring of activities of prison inmates and also enhance their safety, the official said. Important prisons in Maharashtra are Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai; Yerwada Central Jail, Pune; Nagpur Central Jail; Nashik Road Central Jail; Taloja Central Jail, Kharghar and Thane Central Prison.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government would be soon using drones for surveillance purposes in major prisons in the state, an official said on Tuesday.As part of its prison modernization drive, the government would be buying a dozen Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones fitted with cameras) valued at Rs 1.8 crore and four X-Ray baggage inspection systems valued at Rs 1.94 crore, he said.The home department on Monday sanctioned funds to purchase modern security-related equipment for the prisons department, he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comDrones with cameras would enable monitoring of the activities of prison inmates and also enhance their safety, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayBipasha Basu On "Mom Guilt" After Leaving Baby Devi At Home For The First Time
MUMBAI: The MPCC executive committee led by Nana Patole will meet on February 15 to take stock of the situation in view of the revolt of Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat's nephew Satyajeet Tambe, who won from the Nashik graduates constituency as independent. AICC steering committee member H K Patil is expected to hear the matter.
Pune accident: Three other women are hospitalised with injuries. (representational)Pune: Five women were killed and three others were injured when a speeding SUV knocked them down while they were crossing the Nashik-Pune highway along with others in Pune district of Maharashtra, police said on Tuesday.The incident occurred when a group of 17 women was crossing the highway at around 10.45 pm near Shiroli village, about 50 km from Pune city, to reach a marriage hall for catering work, an official said."These women had come from Pune city for catering work at a marriage hall located along the Pune-Nashik highway. While they were crossing the highway, an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) crashed into them. After the accident, the SUV driver sped ahead before taking a U-turn and driving back towards Pune," said a police officer from Khed police station.While two women died on the spot, three others succumbed to their injuries in a hospital, he said, adding three women are hospitalised.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA case has been registered against an unidentified SUV driver and a probe is on.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayAliens Or Chinese Spy Drones?
NASHIK: State medical education minister and pro-chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) Girish Mahajan has called upon medical graduates and postgraduates to stick to ethics and render proper services to people, especially the poor, in rural areas of the state.Addressing a gathering during the 22nd convocation of MUHS at the university premises on Monday, Mahajan said, “There are instances of some medical practitioners engaging in illegal practices that cause more harm to patients. The graduates and postgraduates passing out of the university should not engage in unhealthy and illegal practices as they tend to tarnish the image of the medical fraternity.”Professor of Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences of Savitribai Phule Pune University Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, currently chairman NAAC, vice-chancellor of MUHS Lt General Madhuri Kanitkar (Retd) and others were present on the occasion.Mahajan said that the work in the health sector will always be challenging and all those working in the sector should cultivate positivity, ensure good communication with patients and their relatives to avoid bitter incidents and be committed socially.The minister also pointed out that the government was undertaking a campaign to raise awareness among the masses on issues like blood donation to ensure easy availability, obesity – to fight diabetes and other diseases, Swaachh Mukh Abhiyaan (Clean Mouth Mission) – to curb chances of cancer, thyroid, prevention of blindness, organ donation etc.Dr Patwardhan urged the students to refrain from aping the west blindly. He said that their eating habits should not be adopted but their discipline should be inculcated. He called upon the medical practitioners to bring glory to the family physician concept and implement the integrated medicinal approach.Lt General Kanitkar (Retd) said 52 students have been admitted to the Maharashtra Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Centre, Nashik, currently being run at Civil Hospital Nashik, and thus the number of doctors in the hospital has increased significantly. Degrees were awarded to 12,727 graduates of various faculties of the university who completed their diploma, degree and postgraduate courses.
NASHIK: Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said the upcoming budget of the state would make all stakeholders happy.Addressing a gathering after performing the bhoomi pujan of the Manmad water project, Shinde said the state budget for 2023-24 — to be tabled on March 9 — would make women, farmers and other stakeholders happy. Nashik guardian minister Dada Bhuse, industries minister Uday Samant, water supply minister Gulabrao Patil, Union minister of state for health and family welfare Dr Bharati Pawar and Suhas Kande, the local Shiv Sena MLA of the Shinde faction, were present during the event.“Ours is a government that is progressive... one that is implementing projects and schemes on a war footing without any discrimination between urban and rural areas in the state. The implementation of projects that had come to a standstill during the MVA regime is being fast-tracked. For this government, the sole focus is on developing the state that so that benefits reach its people,” he said.Citing examples, Shinde said 38,000 water supply schemes in rural Maharashtra were approved by his government. Similarly, around 22 irrigation projects were given the go-ahead, and they will enable an additional 5 lakh hectare to be brought under cultivation.Hitting out at the MVA regime, Shinde said, “The more the opposition attacks us, the more work we will do. We talk less and work more.” Lauding the Centre for helping the state government, the CM said PM Narendra Modi has taken note of the seriousness with which this government is working.“That is the reason why the PM visits our state frequently. The previous MVA regime was not interested in developing the state and that is why our PM did not visit the state often,” said Shinde.According to him, when Devendra Fadnavis was the CM, many projects were planned and the implementation had started. “But when MVA formed the government, all these projects were kept on hold. As a result, people suffered,” said Shinde.The CM reiterated that investment would come to the state that will help in generating jobs for the youths. He also announced that soon MIDC will set up an industrial area in Manmad over 250 acres.
NASHIK: For almost five decades, residents of Manmad town - the third biggest urban zone in Nashik district - have been struggling with crippling water shortage. Now, the end of their woes may be in sight.Chief minister Ekanth Shinde, on Monday, performed the bhoomi pujan for a critical water supply project that will make a big difference in the quality of life of the 1.5 lakh residents. As part of the project, an 80km underground pipeline would be laid to draw water from the Karanjwan dam in Dindori taluka for supply to the Waghdardi dam. Water will then be lifted from the Waghdardi dam by the civic body for distribution in Manmad town. Moreover, the three-decade-old 127km water distribution pipeline within the town would be replaced, and three new overhead tanks would be erected. A new water treatment plant would also be set up.MMC officials said the work to lay the underground pipeline had already started and a roughly 20km stretch of the pipeline is already in place. "The contractor has been given 30 months to complete the entire project. If there are no issues in acquiring land to lay the pipeline, the project will be completed within that time," added the civic officials.The project cost of Rs 311 crore will be entirely borne by the state government as the cash-strapped Manmad Municipal Council (MMC) is unable to spare funds."I was shocked when MLA Suhas Kande told me that people in Manmad town get water once in 15-20 days. At times, water is supplied after a month. I can understand the struggles of the people, especially housewives, with such a pathetic water supply system. I immediately approved the project and assured that the entire cost is borne by the state government," said Shinde applauding Kande for pursuing the matter.Kande is one of the Sena MLAs who left the Uddhav Thackeray camp to align with Shinde. "I had approached the previous MVA government seeking approval for the project as the residents of Manmad are in dire need of a steady water supply. Unfortunately, no one in the government took note of my request," said Kande.Residents of the town too are appreciative of the Shinde government's decision to initiate steps to bring regular water supply to Manmad."There have been so many agitations against erratic water supply by the residents over the past five decades. However, the successive state governments failed to do anything to resolve the issue. We are grateful of Eknath Shinde and the local MLA for at least setting the ball rolling. We hope the project is completed without delays," said Kalpesh Bedmutha, a local businessman.
NASHIK: State medical education minister Girish Mahajan on Monday claimed that former state home minister and NCP MLA Anil Deshmukh was trying to get a ticket from BJP before the last assembly polls.Mahajan was asked about Deshmukh's claim that he had received a proposal from BJP that would have pulled down MVA much before. Mahajan said there was no such proposal and also doubted Deshmukh's ability to pull down the government. "Ask Deshmukh how eager he was to join BJP just before the (last) election. He was among the frontrunners, who wanted to get a ticket from BJP. But since the party denied it, he was stopped from crossing over. He contested the election on the NCP ticket and won the same," claimed Mahajan, while speaking to the media in Nashik. When contacted for his response to Mahajan's claim, Deshmukh said he did not want to comment. It may be noted that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had backed Deshmukh saying he did not buckle under pressure. Pawar, while addressing party workers in Wardha on Sunday, had claimed that "they (government) has asked Deshmukh to leave NCP and join them, but he did not buckle under the pressure and instead chose to face the action."Mahajan, meanwhile, added that he (Deshmukh) was made the home minister in the MVA government and got entangled in a demand of Rs 100 crore as a bribe and was arrested by the CBI. "He is out on bail. He should focus on his presentations to the investigating agency about his innocence," said Mahajan. Reacting to Uddhav Thackeray challenging the BJP to conduct elections now, Mahajan said elections cannot be conducted because of someone's demands. "Can there be five elections in five years? ... The local self-governing body elections are around the corner. Contest them and see how much support you enjoy," said Mahajan.
NASHIK: Four trackmen of railways, working on Mumbai-Bhusawal track, were killed when a tower wagon vehicle, engaged in maintenance and repairs of overhead electric wires, ran over them on Monday morning.The Bhusawal divisional railway manager Shambhu Kedia said that a maintenance block was taken to carry out repairs in Manmad-Ugan section in the down line (Mumbai-Bhusawal track). However a tower wagon entered the area.The men were busy carrying out some pre-maintenance works and due to poor visibility the tower wagon run over the four trackmen in which all four were killed on the spot.The DCM, the safety officers and others went to the spot."Tower wagon supervisor and PWI Staff have been suspended pending enquiry," the railway officials said.
NAGPUR: The Nashik-based Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the data science department of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, for developing a search portal on diseases and their patterns.This year, the plan is to create a search-portal using 12B2 analytical tool developed by Harvard Medical School which will be made available to MUHS and teaching hospitals free of cost. “We will conduct joint training programmes for capacity building at Nashik Civil Hospital, and workshops to train our faculty students and staff to use the portal. Projects for health-quality improvement and research, using the portal, will also be undertaken,” Dr Madhuri Kanitkar, vice-chancellor, MUHS, said.Four faculty members from the US-based hospital had flown down to Nashik on Friday for conducting a training workshop. All stakeholders, including medical education and drugs department (MeDD), directorate of medical education and research (DMER), deans of medical colleges and IT departments and professionals participated in the workshop.“All those handling clinical workload got training on analyzing and utilizing patient data. The MGH will help us know how to develop an online platform for seamless data availability. We often face this situation where we come across complaints on poor maintenance of health records. Without sharing our patient data with MGH, we shall learn how to make proper use of it,” said Dr Kanitkar.She said that the project has already been implemented in Nashik General Hospital. “Data from around four departments of the hospital is now being processed,” she said.“The portal will make it easy for faculty to quickly find the number of patients with particular diseases, and to study the seasonal trend of the disease. It will help students develop an understanding of the indigenous patterns of disease, rather than rely on text-book content from western countries. The portal will also be helpful for municipal and government officials to rapidly monitor public health related issues, like caseloads during an epidemic, utilization of medications etc. Overall, the portal will allow healthcare service providers to understand and address the local population needs apart from increasing the cost-efficiency of the system,” Dr Kanitkar said.
Nashik: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said frequent visits to Maharashtra by top BJP leaders show that the workers of “our parties” are working efficiently.Pawar was in Nashik and he addressed the media on Saturday morning. He appreciated the work done by his party members.When asked about BJP leaders frequenting Maharashtra and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s upcoming visit to Kolhapur, Sharad Pawar said “The BJP leaders have to spend two to three days in Maharashtra to canvas for the party. Clearly, this means that our party functionaries are working hard and making an impact on the society,” the NCP chief said.When asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying two visits to Mumbai within a short span, the NCP supremo said if the PM is coming to Mumbai, or Maharashtra, and giving something beneficial for the people, then his party would not object to it. Pawar further stated that if PM’s visit to Maharashtra was focused on politics, then they had an objection to it.Sharad Pawar was also asked about how many NCP MLAs wish to see Ajit Pawar as chief minister. He said this was not the opportune time.“We need to have an appropriate number of MLAs to form a government and even if that happens, we would have to take other like-minded parties into confidence and discuss everything. But at this point in time, when neither we have those numbers nor the power to form the government, it is not appropriate to discuss it,” Pawar saidTo a question about differences between NCP and Congress, Pawar ruled out any differences and claimed that the relations were cordial.
NASHIK/PUNE/KOLHAPUR: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said he wondered if those at the helm of law and order in Maharashtra were at all concerned about the rise in attacks, murders and accidents across the state. State Congress president Nana Patole echoed a similar view and said law and order in Maharashtra has worsened.Pawar, who was in Nashik, took up the law and order issue while responding to the death of Shashikant Warishe, a journalist in Ratnagiri who was fatally hit by an SUV. "Now such incidents, including attacks, murders or even accidents, are on the rise. I wonder how much those responsible for ensuring citizens' safety and security are concerned about such incidents and what they are doing," he said.The Maharashtra government has in the meantime announced the formation of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the journalist's death.Pawar also described the arrest of NCP leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik and Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut as "false actions and targeting people for no reasons". He said, "In the case of Deshmukh, the court has passed strictures against the government. Similar is the case with others. This only indicates that the BJP has been targeting opposition leaders for no reason. This should stop."Patole, who was in Pune, also said the law and order situation in Maharashtra "has worsened", but the state government "is only busy spending public money in providing security to former BJP MLAs, instead of the common people".He said, "Congress MLC Pradnya Satav was recently attacked. Even journalists are facing attacks. The situation has become critical. The Congress will raise the issue in the coming assembly session. The state government will have to be serious in terms of law and order. The government will have to reply to the questions in the assembly session on the situation."State medical education minister Girish Mahajan also took a dig at Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Raut's comment on the law and order situation in the state following the death of Warishe. Majahan, who is close to deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, said the state government has fast-tracked the investigation to ascertain if there was any foul play in the accident that led to the journalist's death.BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said the Maharashtra government has formed an SIT to look into the journalist's death. "Fadnavis, who is also in charge of the home minister, has formed the SIT to dig deeper into the case. The perpetrators of the crime will not be spared," Shelar said.
NASHIK: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said he was against some of the provisions in the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, that was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August 2022, and would oppose its passage without “necessary changes”.Pawar also criticized PM Narendra Modi for not responding to the issues that the opposition had raised about the woes of the farmers and the common man in Parliament, while replying to the motion of thanks to the President’s address. He added that Modi had failed to reply to the opposition’s questions about a private entity.“Modi did not respond to any issues that the opposition had raised in Parliament,” Pawar said while addressing the convention of the Maharashtra State Electricity Workers Federation here.The former Union minister said he was opposed to some of the provisions in the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in the present form. “The bill has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on energy. Although I am not on that panel, I know some of the members of the committee, who are also of the view that there is an imperative need to make changes in that bill. It cannot be passed in the parliament in the present form. We will oppose the bill if it is passed without making changes,” added the NCP chief.If the bill was passed without changes, Pawar said, it would adversely impact consumers who would stop getting subsidies. He added that the bill, in its current form, would also boost privatisation of the power sector.Pawar expressed the dire need for the Maharashtra government to fill up the over 42,000 vacant posts in MSEDCL, MSPGCL and MSETCL as soon as possible.“The Maharashtra government must follow in the footsteps of Telangana, Punjab and Tamil Nadu governments, where contract workers were given preference while recruiting vacant posts in the power utilities,” he suggested.Former Nashik guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal in his speech warned that privatisation of the power sector will pinch the consumers hard as the power will become costlier. “The three power utilities that the Maharashtra government runs must not be privatised at any cost. People should oppose it if there is any move by the state government to do so,” said Bhujbal.Later, at another function in the city, the NCP chief said that education is one of the major sectors where there is need to give more thrust if Maharashtra wants to witness speedier development. Pawar also appealed to all the educational organisations to focus on imparting quality education to students.