Soon after he took the oath of office, Chief Minister (CM) Ashok Chavan made it clear that Mumbai would be his priority.
“Mumbai and its development will remain my topmost priority and we shall have increased focus on various projects that will help Mumbai grow into a global city,” Chavan said at his first press conference after the swearing-in ceremony on Saturday.
Chavan said the government would immediately start implementing the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) manifesto in a time-bound manner. “You will see a lot of action within the next one month to get the promises in the manifesto implemented,” he said.
He said the government has planned to set up a cell to monitor the timely implementation of all government decisions. “We shall also strive to turn Maharashtra into a global state,” the CM said.
Chavan said the biggest threats to the state were Naxalism and terrorism. The government wants the police department to showcase its improved might on the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks to build confidence in people. “We are planning an event to let people know what has been done to improve security,” said Chavan. “We have information of more such threats, but we are alert and prepared to handle any eventuality.”
Deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who was also sworn in on Saturday, said: “Our priorities will be generation of jobs and development of infrastructure.”
The government also wants to make essential commodities affordable through subsidies to public distribution system shops, Chavan said.
The first Cabinet meeting of the new government will be held on Sunday and portfolios will be allocated by Sunday evening.
A special three-day session of the state Assembly will begin on Monday. While the protem speaker will be senior legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh, Chavan said an NCP candidate will eventually occupy the post of Assembly speaker.