The problems that Maharashtra is facing are a result of the 15-year rule of Congress-NCP government in the state, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Mumbai on Thursday.
"You (Congress-NCP) have created the problems. We are trying to find answers," Fadnavis said, replying to a debate in the state legislative assembly on the motion of thanks for the governor's address.
"People also know that mistakes of 15 years can't be rectified in three-four months. This government will ensure transformation of the state," he said.
"(Former deputy chief minister) Ajit Pawar said the 'Jalyutka Shivar' water conservation programme initiated by us was launched by their government. We have integrated 14 schemes for this programme," he said.
"If at all credit has to be given for this, it should be to late YB Chavan, who initiated the water conservation work," he said.
"We know that we will never be able to give flow irrigation to 50% farmers in the state. As a result, we will have to undertake a programme to ensure moisture security to farmers," he said.
"For this campaign, the district collector has been made the nodal authority to ensure coordination with 14 departments concerned," the chief minister said.
On the damage due to unseasonal rains, IMD has given us alerts. There is a possibility of hailstorm on March 13 and 14, he said.
To a question raised by an MLA during the discussion, he replied that revenue minister Eknath Khadse has said he was misquoted by media that farmers who have benefited from government assistance for Kharif crop won't get aid for Rabi season.
It is a blatant lie that Maharashtra's share of Damanganga river water will be given to Gujarat as alleged by opposition, Fadnavis said.
"We are going to get our full share. We won't give a drop of our water to anyone," he added.
On Mumbai development plan (DP), Fadnavis said apprehensions that the city will lose green spaces is unfounded. The government will intervene when needed, he said.
On Mumbai Metro 3 carshed, the government has set up a committee, he said.
The government will take care that no 'Marathi manoos' is relocated out of Mumbai or Maharashtra due to any project, he said.
"When we wanted to think of making Maharashtra toll free, the Central guidelines were to give concessions till 15 per cent. But, you (previous government) gave 15 per cent across the table. There was no buy back clause kept by you in the agreement with toll operators," Fadnavis said.
"We have not given permission for setting up industries in river bed," he said on claims by the opposition members that the government has altered river policy in this regard.
He said social justice is not a topic for giving speeches but should be seen from action.
The Congress-NCP regime did not make financial provision for socially backward classes, he added.
The government will probe financial irregularities in allocation of funds to private aided educational institutions and take strict action against those found guilty, he said.
"We will set up a comprehensive fee regulatory authority. We will show the scamsters their place," he added.
The government has decided to boost forensic infrastructure by setting more forensic labs, which will increase crime detection and conviction rate, he added.
The Maharashtra-Karnataka border issue, Fadnavis said, "is one of our self pride."
"It is a matter of pride that our 'Marathi manus' has once again become mayor of Belgaum (in Karnataka)," he said.
The motion of thanks for the Governor's address was adopted in the House by voice vote.