Mumbai : Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced financial assistance of Rs 100-crore for Raigad district that was severely hit by cyclone ‘Nisarga’ three days ago and damaged properties.
The chief minister visited Alibaugh in Raigarh district on Friday to take stock of the situation. Thackeray had given orders for expeditious assessment of the damage caused by the cyclone which made landfall in the coastal district on Wednesday afternoon. High-speed winds accompanied by rains caused large-scale damage in coastal areas of the district, particularly Alibaugh, some 110 kms from Mumbai.
While making the announcement, Thackeray said that this financial assistance of Rs 100-crore would be given for emergency relief. This is just a beginning. Don’t call it a package, he further said. The chief minister Thackeray, who arrived in Alibaug from Mumbai, was accompanied by the guardian ministers of Mumbai suburbs and city, Aaditya Thackeray and Aslam Shaikh, respectively.
Interacting with officials and the public, he said that the state has to stop other rain-related ailments as well. The administration will not leave anyone in the lurch. Thackeray felt that the coronavirus threat can increase because of rain.
Maharashtra is the worst-affected with the deadly virus, followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi. And Mumbai is the worst-hit city not only in Maharashtra but in India with thousands of positive patients.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Friday said it was mandatory for government employees to be present in the office once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown, failing which they will have to face salary cut. As per a notification issued by the additional chief secretary (finance) Manoj Saunik, all government departments have been asked to prepare a roster of officers and employees affiliated to them. All employees, except those on sanctioned leave or medical leave, will need to be in office for one day in a week compulsorily, the order read. Disciplinary action will be taken by department heads against those who leave the office without permission during the lockdown, it stated.