After aggressive reactions and agitations from the Maratha group, the state authorities on Thursday introduced two establishments associated to their welfare beneath direct management of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and likewise launched ₹7.95 crore in the direction of pending fellowships of scholars from the group.
The state additionally introduced restoration of autonomy of Sarthi (Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research, Training and Human Development Institute), the institute established for academic, social and monetary improvement of the group.
Community members had held agitations throughout the state, demanding enough monetary help to Sarthi and restoration of its autonomy. They had additionally raised doubts whether or not the federal government was meaning to shut the institute down. After their variations with Bahujan Kalyan minister Vijay Wadettiwar over releasing funds to Sarthi final week, Pawar convened a gathering with them at Mantralaya on Thursday. Besides Pawar and Wadettiwar, minority improvement minister Nawab Malik attended the assembly with group chief and BJP MP Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, Rajendra Kondhare and Vinayak Mete, amongst others.
Pawar, in a press convention after the assembly, introduced the discharge of the dues of outdated funds meant for Sarthi with quick impact. “Sarthi is governed by the Bahujan Kalyan department, while the Annasaheb Patil Financial Development Corporation is controlled by the skill development corporation. We have decided to bring both of them under the planning department for better management of funds. The autonomy of Sarthi will be restored soon as these decisions get the formal nod from the cabinet,” Pawar stated.
Kondhare stated, “Students from the community appearing for UPSC, MPSC and banking exams are funded by Sarthi, besides the fellowship given to PhD and MPhil students. The funds meant for these expenditures were not released by the government, leading to hardship of students. There were a few misconceptions among Maratha leaders about the functioning of the government. We are happy that all our demands were admitted by the government.”
A number of group members resorted to sloganeering throughout the assembly as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, who’s a direct descendant of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, was allegedly made to take a seat within the third row. An organisation representing the group additionally began an agitation in Aurangabad over the “humiliating treatment” meted out to their chief. The MP later clarified the agitation was out of bewilderment and he was happy with authorities choices.
A day after 5 Shiv Sena corporators from Parner municipal council in Ahmednagar district returned to their celebration on Wednesday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar stated their induction within the NCP was finished out of bewilderment. “During my tour to Baramati, I was introduced to the corporators by our local MLA Nilesh Lanke, saying they were independent corporators and wanted to join our party. Believing the MLA, I formally welcomed them by making them wear scarves with the party symbol. When I learnt that they were elected representatives of the Sena, I realised my mistake and decided to send them back to their party,” he stated on Thursday.
Pawar stated chief minister Uddhav Thackeray didn’t say something to him and he shares cordial relations together with his boss within the cupboard. Pawar stated the corporators have been planning to affix the BJP. He additionally stated that it has been determined not poach to employees from among the many ruling events.
The defection had led to rigidity between the Sena and NCP.