Mah on path of wiping out power deficit: Krishna

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Mumbai, Jan 26: Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna today said the state was on the path of wiping out power deficit and achieving self-sufficiency in this key sector in the near future.

''I am confident that by the year 2012 Maharashtra will be generating surplus power,'' said the Governor after inspecting an impressive parade and unfurling the national tricolour at Shivaji Park to mark the 59th Republic Day. The fall in farmers' suicides can certainly be attributed to the success of Farmer's Package of Centre and State.

Under this Package, loans worth Rs 1,418 crore have been rescheduled and interest worth Rs. 837 crore has been waived off, he said. Till date, 921,000 farmers in Vidarbha have received Kisan Credit Cards.

Extending his greetings and best wishes to the people , Mr Krishna said Maharashtra continued to be the most favoured investment destination. The State has attracted Foreign Direct Investment of Rs. 19,741 crores during the last three years.

The state has so far secured approval for 122 Special Economic Zones, spread across the State, which is the highest in the country.

Pro-active efforts made by the State to provide conducive environment and world class infrastructure have contributed to this success, he added.

The Maharashtra Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is being implemented in 18 districts. Under the scheme over 2.87 crore man-days of employment has been created to provide employment to the needy, the Governor added.

The Government has taken various projects to transform Mumbai into a world class city. The Bandra-Worli Sea-link, which is nearly 60 per cent complete, would be fully completed by December 2008, he said.

The Government has also taken various measures to improve efficiency and good governance at all levels. Information Commissioners are being appointed in all Revenue Divisions to ensure transparent, efficient and responsive administration, he said.


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