Golden jubilee: Sena lines up host of rural development initiatives

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 22:58 IST

Shiv Sena steps into its 50th year on June 19. As part of its golden jubilee initiative, the party plans to boost ‘social infrastructure’ and focus on issues pertaining to rural infrastructure with a special thrust on farmers’ issues, health and education.

Several schemes will be named after late Sena chief and party founder Bal Thackeray, following an approval from party chief Uddhav Thackeray.

On Tuesday, all the ministers along with party legislators met at Vidhan Bhavan where they charted out a plan on the projects to be taken up till next June, when Sena completes 50 years. All Sena members of parliament (MP’s) and legislative assembly and council members will set aside their funds for the schemes charted out by the party.

“A detailed announcement will be made by Uddhavji on June 19 after things are finalised,” said a senior Sena leader.

“There won’t be large-scale celebrations to bring in the 50th year as the state is going through a huge crises with farmers are committing suicide and the drought situation,” he added.

Two new schemes have been put together that are directed towards farmers.

They include measures to increase water table and water conservation called Balasaheb Thackeray Jal Kranti Yojana and the Balasaheb Thackeray Check-dam scheme, respectively.

Apart from this, the Sena has also brought in the Shiv Sena Aarogya telemedicine scheme where medical help will be provided to people in remote areas of the state via video conferencing.

The party will also push the idea of providing tablets to deserving students for academic purposes, which it has floated earlier.

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