Nagpur: Various colourful programmes marked the celebration of 57th Maharashtra Day on May 1 across the city. The main function was held at Kasturchand Park in which Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule hoisted the flag and took salute from marching contingents of various forces including City Police, State Reserve Police Force, Home Guards, and school children.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham, Special Inspector General of Police Pratapsingh Patankar, District Collector Sachin Kurve and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Bawankule said that with the aim of achieving social and economical development of farmers, they will be provided power connections on demand along with other facilities such as irrigation etc. “The agriculture pumps in the state will be brought under solar power and the farmers would be provided with electricity 24 hours,” announced Bawankule who is also holding portfolio of Energy and Non-Conventional Energy Ministry.
“Maharashtra is witnessing an unprecedented development in various fields including agriculture, industry, tourism, skill development due to effective implementation of government schemes. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari are playing a pivotal role in the transformation of the state. The backlog of power connections to farmers has been removed and now the farmers are being provided with power connections on demand. For the first time, power generation in the state has reached 3230 megawatt that has helped in reducing load-shedding. Farmers are also being provided with solar power for running of agri pumps,” he stated.
Rs 26,000 from have been made available to the state from Prime Minister’s Irrigation Scheme for irrigation facilities in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. Efforts are being to double the incomes of farmers by the year 2022. Similarly, measures are being taken to increase farm development rate from 12.5 percent to 25 percent,” Bawankule said.
“As Nagpur is emerging as education hub, Rs 296 crore have been made available to Nagpur Municipal Corporation from AMRUT Yojana for ensuring better and on par facilities to the citizens. To achieve development of villages along with the city, a Nagpur Mahanagar Development Authority is being formed soon. Metro, Tajbagh, Deekshabhoomi, Koradi Mandir Deoshtan, Chicholi, Dragaon Palace and other important places are being developed in view of tourism potential of the region,” Bawankule announced.
Security cover by women police:
For the first time, a special security cover was provided by women police personnel at the main function of Maharashtra Day celebration at Kasturchand Park.
After the flag hoisting, contingents of various forces marched in colourful and attractive formations. The contingents were led by Nagpur Rural Superintendent of Police Vikram Kadam, SRPF Group 4 PSI D N Kathde, SRPF Group 13 PSI Dilip Tarade, SRPF Group 15 PSI Anil Dhusre, Nagpur City Police Force PSI Anil Kamble, Nagpur Rural PSI Nitin Wadiya, Railway Police PSI Rajesh Sarode, Nagpur City Women Police PSI Nashipun Sheikh, Regional Transport Office City and Rural Squad’s Anant Bhosle, Nagpur City Traffic PSI Vishal Rokde, Homeguard Men Platoon’s Deepak Ghatate, Homeguard Women Platoon’s Sanjivani Bodele, Dog Squad’s Rani, PSIs Shivshankar Joshi, Anil Kale, Light Vehicles Armed Sumo Vasudeo Kulsunge, Anti-Mines Squad’s Ashish Kalsarpe, Vajra Squad’s Sudhakar Loharkar, Fire Brigade’s Ramesh Barde, and others.
Similarly, 35 various police officials and personnel were honoured at the hands of Bawankule for their distinguished service during 15 years of service.