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Maharashtra govt allocates Rs4.45 crore for Fadnavis’ show, 2 other programmes

After finance department objected to the unbudgeted expenditure on Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy and other interactive programmes, the state government issued a government resolution

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 16:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis interacts with people on various subjects on the show, which is telecast on Doordarshan and private TV channels.(HT FILE)

The Maharashtra government has earmarked a budget of Rs4.45 crore for interactive programmes including Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy (chief minister speaking), CM’s monthly programme launched on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat. Fadnavis interacts with people on various subjects on the show, which is telecast on Doordarshan and private TV channels.

After finance department raised strong objections to the unbudgeted expenditure on MMB and other interactive programmes like Dilkhulas on Radio and Jai Maharashtra on Doordarshan, the state government issued a government resolution (GR) for the allocation. Most of the allocated money is for the MMB, as it’s shot at an in-house studio at Mantralaya with a 5-camera set up and telecast on private TV channels too. The MMB is meant for interaction by the CM, while other two programmes feature interaction with ministers and senior government officials.

Of the total allocation of Rs4.45 crore, Rs2.40 crore have been earmarked for shooting, script writing, camera set up, editing and other post-production work. Production of each episode of the MMB and other shows cost Rs10 lakh, the GR states. While the telecast of the MMB will cost Rs9 lakh per year on Doordarshan, though the GR is silent about the cost of telecast on private channels.

The GR has also earmarked Rs1.96 crore a year for the advertisement of the interactive programmes in the newspapers in the state. “After the finance department raised objection over unbudgeted expenditure on first few episodes of the MMB, we issued this order for uninterrupted telecast of the programme,” said a finance department official who did not wish to be named.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 16:26 IST