With his government completing 100 days in power, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said cutting down debt by increasing revenue sources and attracting investment in the state remain the topmost priorities.
The CM assured that the pending issues of local body tax (LBT) and rolling in a new toll policy will be addressed in the upcoming budget session, while stressing that farmers’ issues need a more long-term planning and giving aid is not a complete solution to address the problem.
Fadnavis also ruled out any differences with his senior colleague and revenue minister Eknath Khadse or with the Shiv Sena, saying everyone has been working harmoniously.
“In the past 100 days, we have certainly been able to set an assertive tone and create a favourable climate for investment. Our intention is more important. We have already got a Rs1,600-crore investment by CEAT in Aurangabad. An investment worth Rs7,000 crore is due for the reworking of the river regulation zone policy. Similarly, there are investors showing interest in MIHAN and DMIC,” said Fadnavis listing his governments achievements.
He added that their flagship project ‘Make in Maharashtra’ aims at creating jobs and bringing out major labour reforms where more people come under the formal sector where they get jobs along with social security.
Fadnavis added that one of his biggest challenges is to bring down the revenue deficit that the government is facing. “In the upcoming budget, we will bring the deficit below Rs26,000 crore by increasing revenue sources, which we have already started doing,” he said.
“We are trying to work out a way to increase capital expenditure for floating new projects while controlling the debt,” Fadnavis said.