The Maharashtra police housing corporation will now have to take up the renovation and construction of houses for police officers instead of the public works department (PWD), chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the state assembly on Tuesday.
Responding to a question raised by Gulabrao Patil (Shiv Sena), Fadnavis said the step was taken for speedy and prompt work. The state will depute a few PWD officers to the housing corporation for the task, he added.
Earlier, the Opposition alleged that police quarters in different parts of the state were in poor condition and the PWD takes two to three years just to renovate them. They also alleged that 80% of the corporation’s housing and renovation funds were being used for IPS officers’ bungalows.
Fadnavis assured the House that the maximum funds of the corporation will be used to construct houses and renovate police constables’ quarters. “The government will ensure such disparity among policemen is minimised in the coming years,” he said.
The chief minister also said appropriate action will be taken against the police personnel who allegedly assaulted then MNS MLA Harshawardhan Jadhav, now the Shiv Sena.
Strong action for selling ban drugs
The state government will initiate action against medical stores selling banned drugs (like Corex) and selling drugs without a doctor’s prescription, said minister for food and drugs Girish Bapat.
Replying to a question in the state Assembly raised by Aslam Sheikh (Congress), the minister said the government will cancel the licence of medical stores flouting FDA norms in this regard.
He said the department has taken action against 30 druggists, while 12 were booked for violation of norms recently.