Major decisions of the Maharashtra cabinet meeting on August 18, 2023
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The Maharashtra cabinet launched the Bhagwan Birsa Munda road scheme, repealed the 45-year-old Casino Act, provided a special festive ration, and increased the stipend for ITI trainees.
An Overview of the News
Announcement of the implementation of the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Road Scheme:
The Maharashtra cabinet announced the launch of Bhagwan Birsa Munda Sadak Yojana on August 18, 2023.
The primary objective of the scheme is to increase road connectivity in tribal areas of 17 districts of the state.
The focus has been on connecting remote tribal areas to the main road network, improving accessibility and socio-economic development.
Repeal of the Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Act, 1976:
The cabinet took a significant decision to repeal the Maharashtra Casino (Control and Tax) Act, 1976, which was in force for 45 years.
The move reflects the state's decision not to allow the establishment of casinos in the future, marking an apparent policy change.
Special ration distribution for festivals under Antyodaya Anna Yojana:
In anticipation of the Ganeshotsav and Diwali festivals, the state cabinet approved special ration distribution through Antyodaya Bhojan Yojana.
Eligible beneficiaries including Antyodaya Food Scheme and family ration card holders will get a package that will include one kilogram of semolina, chana dal, sugar, and one liter of cooking oil.
This festive ration will be available at a nominal price of Rs 100, which will benefit more than 1 crore 65 lakh 60 thousand ration card holders.
Increase in Stipend for Government ITI Trainees:
A remarkable decision to increase the stipend for trainees enrolled in Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) came to the fore.
There will be a substantial increase in the stipend amount which was fixed at Rs.40 before 1983, which will reach up to Rs.500.
The objective of the adjustment is to assist ITI trainees with educational expenses and other necessary costs and encourage skill development and vocational education.
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