Efforts by Congress to give justice to all: Mah CM

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Nashik, Nov 5 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the Congress-NCP Democratic Front government worked hard to give justice to all during its four-year reign in the state.

''We did everything to help everyone, be it farmers, minorities, industries, slum-dwellers, economically backward people. The state faced various problems such as natural disasters, manmade calamities, bomb blasts, communal riots during this four-year period. Despite this, we made efforts to maintain unity among people and provide the fruits of development to weaker sections of the society,'' Deshmukh said in a public rally here today.

He was felicitated by the district Congress for completing four years of the DF government in power. Deshmukh was given a silver sword on the occasion.

Terming the Rs 71,000 cr farmers' loan waiver decision of the UPA government as a 'historic' one, Deshmukh said Maharashtra has benefited the most by the decision as farmers from the state received Rs 8,500 crore loan waiver. He also said to give benefit to 26 lakh farmers who repay their loans regularly the state government would certainly take positive steps.

''There is no alternative other than Nashik for new industries.

It's important to bring new industries here. We have taken many steps for development of this city such as its inclusion in the JNNURM scheme. The Nashik-Mumbai Highway four-laning work will be completed soon. He also said the survey of the Nar-Par project which will provide sea water to Nashik has been completed and Nashik will be the first to have water,''Deshmukh said.

He accepted the fact that the state was facing electricity crisis but said all efforts were being made to overcome it. These include provision of a 4,000 MW nuclear energy project and efforts to create 7,000 MW electricity in future. The government has also taken decisions such as providing houses to farmers, poor people, slum-dwellers; loan at four per cent interest rate to women self-help groups, educational aid to students.

''The government took the decision of employment to locals in 1973, decision of Marathi nameplates in 1972. Despite this, some people are trying to gain political advantage from these issues.This affects the view of people about Maharashtra as some people left the state due to these agitations. This is certainly not a thing of pride for us. No decision of the state government is against the Marathi Manus,'' Deshmukh said without any direct reference to Raj Thackeray or the MNS. In a way, the Chief Minister began the Congress' election campaign on the occasion.

MPCC president Manikrao Thakre, working president Jayawant Awale, Agriculture Minister Balasaheb Thorat, various other state Congress leaders and activists were present on the occasion.

Deshmukh announced Rs 5 lakh award on behalf of the state government to Vidit Gujarathi, chess champion from Nashik who won under-14 World Chess Championship and International Master Title in Vietnam recently.

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