Mumbai : Shiv Sena wants the state government to initiate a new scheme for village development to commemorate the golden jubilee of the party. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is expected to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis next week to pursue him for this ‘Shiv Gram’ scheme, sources have said.
It may be recalled that Sena MPs had skipped the launch of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now the party wants to initiate a similar scheme in the state and in the name of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray.
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of all Sena MPs at Matoshree on Thursday. After Uddhav’s address at the meeting, the MPs resolved to adopt villages and strengthen them at the meeting. The state government has initiated the ‘Jalayukta Shivar Scheme’ of water and soil conservation. But, the issue of potability of water remains to be solved. Sena MP and MLAs would use their funds to develop water purification systems in the villages. Also they would undertake solar power projects at the villages where there is no electricity as yet, party sources have said.
Sena MPs have decided to spend Rs 3 crore each from their MPLADS funds for the scheme. Though it could not be decided as to how much the MLAs would contribute to the scheme, a senior party leader said that all the MLAs are firm on implementing the scheme. Phenomenal increase in number of tankers Meanwhile, according to information released by the state government, there is a phenomenal increase in number of tankers this year compared to the previous year.