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Like PM Modi, CM Fadnavis to speak directly to people

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will start interacting with citizens directly through Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy, to be aired in various Marathi news channels from April 9

mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2017 23:34 IST
Surendra Gangan
Surendra Gangan
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Maharashtra government, led by Fadnavis, hopes to quash the Opposition’s attack on farm loan waiver in this way.(HT)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to borrow a leaf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book. He will start interacting with citizens directly through various Marathi news channels, the same way as Modi’s Mann ki Baat.

The programme, Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy (This is the chief minister speaking), has been conceived by the government’s information and public relations department. The first episode, which is to be recorded on April 3, will be called Sankalp Shashwat Sheticha (Resolution for sustainable farming) and is scheduled to be telecast on April 9 on various Marathi channels, besides Sahyadri. The department will take up questions from the farmers to be answered by the CM.

Maharashtra government, led by Fadnavis, hopes to quash the Opposition’s attack on farm loan waiver in this way. Before this, agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar announced various new schemes for farmers in his speech on Akashwani on Gudi Padwa on Tuesday

“We have been planning this for more than two months now. This is an attempt to connect with the citizens on various subjects. Since agriculture is very close to the CM’s heart, the first episode will be dedicated to it,” Brijesh Singh, director-general of information and public relations, told HT. “It is true that we will not be able to take a lot of questions, but whatever we have will help us understand the problems faced by the farmers. The department concerned will take cognisance of each question.”

The state has appealed to farmers to send in their questions at or call 8291528952.

The government is planning to run Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy once or twice a month.

“We realised that we are lagging behind when it come to reaching out to the public on various initiatives taken by the government in various fields. In the 22-minute episode, the CM will first speak on the initiatives taken for the agricultural sector and then reply to the questions put forward by the public and the panel of experts sitting in front of him. We expect this to be a good medium to reach the government,” said another official from Mantralaya.

For the first time, seven opposition parties in Maharashtra have joined hands to take on the ruling BJP on the issue of agricultural loan waiver. They have started a 1,500-km protest rally by boycotting the ongoing state Assembly and are interacting with farmers. The rally started from Vidarbha in eastern Maharashtra on March 29, and will culminate in Panvel, near Mumbai on April 4.


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