Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin scheme: ₹1,500 monthly support announced for women in Maharashtra Budget

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Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin scheme: ₹1,500 monthly support announced for women in Maharashtra Budget

In a significant move aimed at empowering women in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced the introduction of the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana during the state budget presentation for 2024-25. This scheme will provide a monthly allowance of ₹1,500 to eligible women aged 21 to 60 years. The scheme is set to be implemented from July, just four months before the state elections scheduled for October.

Ajit Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio, highlighted that an annual budgetary allocation of ₹46,000 crore has been made for this scheme. The initiative aims to provide financial stability and support to women, thereby enhancing their quality of life and economic independence.

Additional Welfare Initiatives

In addition to the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, Pawar announced several other welfare schemes and financial measures aimed at supporting various sections of society.

Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana

Under the Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana, eligible families of five members will receive three free cooking gas cylinders annually. This initiative is designed to ease the financial burden of cooking fuel expenses for families and promote better living standards.

Reduction in VAT on Fuel

The Maharashtra government has decided to slash the value-added tax (VAT) on fuel in the Mumbai metropolitan region. This measure will reduce the price of petrol by 65 paise per litre and diesel by ₹2.60 per litre. The reduction, which will be effective from July 1, will cost the state exchequer ₹200 crore. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde emphasized that this decision will provide much-needed relief to the residents of the Mumbai metropolitan area.

Continued Subsidy for Milk Producers

The state budget also includes the continuation of the ₹5 per litre subsidy for milk producers. Ajit Pawar announced that ₹223.83 crore in subsidies have already been distributed to 2.93 lakh registered milk producers. The remaining subsidies will be disbursed promptly. Furthermore, the government plans to introduce schemes to promote sheep and poultry rearing and will allocate adequate funds for establishing fish markets.

Expansion in Medical Education

A major highlight of the budget is the approval for the establishment of 18 new medical colleges across Maharashtra. These colleges will have an intake capacity of 100 students each and will be accompanied by 430-bed hospitals in the respective districts. Additionally, a Unani medical college will be set up in Raigad, and an Ayurveda college will be established in Buldhana district.

Agricultural Support Initiatives

To support the agricultural sector, the Maharashtra government will implement a new scheme called “Gaon Tithe Godam” (godown in every village). This initiative aims to provide adequate storage facilities for agricultural produce. In the first phase, 100 new godowns will be constructed, and existing ones will be repaired.

Conclusion

The 2024-25 Maharashtra state budget, presented by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, encompasses a wide range of initiatives aimed at promoting welfare and development across various sectors. The Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana stands out as a landmark scheme, providing substantial financial support to women and reinforcing the government’s commitment to social welfare and economic empowerment.

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