Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s address to the state today:
Namaskar. At the outset, I would like to thank all citizens of Maharashtra for showing remarkable restraint in the last few months while celebrating religious and cultural events. My heartfelt thanks to all communities and groups.
Starting September 15, I will be running a campaign in the state. I appeal to everyone who loves this land, considers its own, regardless of the caste, creed, party, and any form of politics, to participate and show their support to this campaign.
The campaign will be called “Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari” and this is because Maharashtra is my family and it is my responsibility to keep the state safe. Similarly, it is the responsibility of every citizen, to keep their land and people safe.
The campaign may seem difficult, but it is not impossible to achieve. Maharashtra has a population of about 12 crore and it might seem impossible to check everyone. But our team will visit every house in the state, at least twice next month, to keep a check on people’s health.
The Majhe Kutumb, Majhi Jababdari initiative means that healthcare workers will monitor all households in the state but citizens should not get complacent about precautionary measures against the coronavirus.
Many countries have lifted the lockdown and framed stricter laws, by imposing penalties, closure or an inquiry. Does this need to be done by law? Can’t we fulfill our responsibility? We all are aware of the threat Coronavirus poses and we are also aware of the ways to tackle it.
Maintaining high levels of personal and public hygiene, and steps like online shopping and choosing video conferencing for meetings will help us beat the virus more effectively.
I am pleased to announce that over 29.5 lakh farmers have benefited from loan waivers. We are giving free milk powder to over 6.5 lakh malnourished children and 1.25 lakh pregnant women and nursing mothers from the tribal communities.
We’ve resumed the Khawti grant scheme once again for tribal communities. Shiv Bhojan thali was earlier priced at ₹10, but we have now reduced it to ₹5. More than 1.75 crore plates have been distributed and this service will continue to benefit many more.
When the first Coronavirus case was found in the state, we had around 7,700 beds in total. But over the last 4-5 months, we have worked hard and increased the facilities to 3,60,000 beds, adequate supply of oxygen, ICU units, and ventilator beds.
We have been battling crises on all fronts effectively. Relief worth ₹18 crore has reached those affected by by the floods in East Vidarbha. I want to assure we will help everyone affected in this region, just as those in Kolhapur and Sangli were assisted.
The government has not left any stone unturned. Funds worth ₹700 crore were used to help the citizens during the Nisarga Cyclone, and the relief work is ongoing.
We are starting the ‘Vikel Te Pikel’ initiative for farmers to ensure that crops with better market price are grown to benefit them better. Getting farmers organised and ensuring that they receive not just minimum support price, but an ‘assured’ price for their crop is important.
I urge everyone again to cooperate with healthcare workers who visit your household to monitor the spread of the virus. I am sure you will continue to follow government instructions for battling the coronavirus, & that we will emerge victorious soon.
Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!