Mumbai : The former chief minister and now the leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis termed the financial assistance of Rs 100-crore by the state government to the cyclone-hit area of Raigad as very meagre and demanded a comprehensive financial package for the areas that were battered by cyclone ‘Nisarga’ which made landfall on June 3.
Talking to media persons through video conference, Fadnavis said, “The need of the hour is to deviate from the standing orders of NDRF and provide financial assistance. When floods ravaged parts of the state last year, my government gave Rs 4,708 crore to Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur and Rs 2,108 crore to Nashik and Konkan.”
The former chief minister said that the union government had allowed the state to raise loans to the tune of Rs 75,000-crore, and the Maharashtra government should raise funds through loans and provide assistance to people.
On the prevailing COVID-19 outbreak, which has hit the state the worst, he said testing for the infection was in the range of 10,000 when the capacity was 35,000. He claimed the state government’s “Mission Begin Again” to restart the economy and bring the state back to normalcy was good but it required the support of the entire machinery on the ground.
Answering a question, Fadnavis said the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government was suffering from policy and action paralysis as the three allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, were not communicating within themselves.