Mumbai: Maharashtra government will simplify the 'Deemed Conveyance' procedures for convenience of the co-operative housing societies in the state.
"To protect the interest of the depositors in the co-operative credit societies and co-operative banks in the state, the Government will come out with a long term policy within the next three months," Governor C Vidyasagar Rao said in his address to the state legislature here yesterday.
Speaking on wide range of topics, the Governor said that after decontrol of sugar by the Central Government, it is being procured through open market for the public distribution system.
He said the state government will undertake long term measures to mitigate the adverse impacts of drought, specially in areas which are chronically drought prone.
The Water Policy will be reviewed keeping in mind the developments in Agriculture, Industries and the need of drinking water, he said.
Efficient fiscal planning based on completion of 75 per cent of the completed projects, particularly in districts with backlog, and an all out effort to complete 50 per cent of incomplete projects, including distribution systems by 2019 shall be the government's priority, he said.
Other top priority includes, efforts towards forest and wild life sanctuaries conservation. Conservation of tigers, with Nagpur as Tiger Capital of India, rehabilitation of villagers from tiger reserves and promotion of wild life tourism around Tiger Reserves in Vidarbha and Sahyadri regions.
"In view of the vision of Prime Minister to develop hundred smart cities in the country, my Government will develop maximum smart cities in the State in the next five years," he said.
On transportation, he said to improve mass transportation in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, an integrated approach will be adopted which will include a network of roads, waterways, metros and mono rails.
In order to lessen the burden on the existing rail and road transport systems, the government will create basic infrastructure and amenities to promote Water Transport Projects on the East and West coasts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Konkan region.
The objective of 'Housing for all: By 2022' will be achieved through large scale construction of affordable houses through Government and semi-Government agencies like MHADA, MMRDA, CIDCO and Nagpur Improvement Trust, he said.
On issue of a large number students from Marathi medium schools shifting to English medium schools, special emphasis will be given on developing their English language skills without diluting the importance of education in the mother tongue.
A special emphasis will be given on universalisation of quality education. To achieve this, comprehensive standards for evaluation and assessment of schools will be prepared and a 'State Accreditation and Assessment Council' will be set up to conduct the evaluation, he said.
On the higher education side, Rao said that two new Indian Institutes of Information Technology and one new Indian Institute of Management will be set up in the state with the assistance of Government of India.
To make the new generation aware about the inspiring life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and also to protect and conserve the forts in the state, the Government will constitute a committee. To fuel tourist activities, government will develop new resorts at Sakoli, Bodalkasa, Chikhaldara and Ramtek.
An overall development of Maharashtra film, Drama and Cultural Development Corporation Ltd, Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri, Goregaon, Mumbai will be undertaken and for providing modernised shooting facilities for films, Chitranagari at Kolhapur will be redeveloped.
In order to conserve and develop the Marathi language, he said, "My government will make special efforts to obtain the status of classical language for Marathi. Government will establish a Marathi Language Research, Development and Cultural Centre at Mumbai to bring all the offices working for the development of Marathi language under one roof.
To formulate a policy for Marathi language in future, the Government will take into consideration a report submitted by the language advisory committee and finalise this policy shortly.
The government intends to review all laws and out-dated laws will be either modified or repealed. Government will complete this exercise within the next two years, he said.