Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has decided
to implement the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in
one district of each revenue division, where the Human
Development Index is the lowest.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after the
weekly cabinet meeting that the scheme would be implemented in
the rest of the districts in a phased manner.
The NRLM, earlier called Swarnajayanti Gram Sawayam
Rojgar scheme, is 75 per cent centrally-funded.
A state-level committee (to be headed by the Chief
Minister) as well as district-and taluka-level committees
would be set up to oversee the implementation of the scheme.
NRLM would cost Rs 400 crore, of which Rs 300 crore would
come from the Centre.
In the next seven years, the NRLM would work to provide
assured livelihood to 45 lakh rural BPL families.
The state cabinet today also approved a proposal to amend
the Mumbai Grampanchayat Act of 1958, removing the condition
of submitting caste validation certificate for contesting from
The Chief Minister said the government has decided to
provide 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies; and
1,416 gram panchayats would go to the polls in the next three
months, where this quota would be implemented.
To enable women from SC, ST and other backward castes
to contest these polls, the mandatory caste certificate would
not be necessary while filing nominations, Chavan said.
Candidates will have to submit a proof of application to
the caste validation committee at the time of filing
nominations; the caste certificate will have to be submitted
within four months of completion of the election.
The cabinet today also decided to allow payment of stamp
duty through e-challan by amending the Mumbai Court Fee Act,
1959. "This is an easy and secure way which will save time and
money of the citizens," Chavan added.
When asked about current status of Jaitapur nuclear
project, the Chief Minister said that following a clear
statement from the Prime Minister`s Office, there was no need
to add anything.
Ex-gratia package for farmers in Jaitapur area would be
announced soon, he said.