Mumbai: Maharashtra attracted investments even during COVID-19 crisis, says Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari


“I am also happy to mention that the state government has purchased cotton to the extent which is a record in the last 10 years. For the first time, this year, my government purchased un-milled food-grains during the Rabi season,” the governor said.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the government reduced the price of ‘Shiv Bhojan’ meal to just Rs 5. There are over 900 Shiv Bhojan centres made functional in the state and more than 2.5 crore needy people have benefitted from the scheme, Koshyari said.

He said Maharashtra remained at the forefront of attracting investment and employment generation even during the adverse situation of COVID-19 crisis.

The state attracted investments worth Rs 2 lakh crore by inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with various leading companies and through foreign direct investment under the ”Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0” initiative, he said.

“Employment generation for 2,53,880 people will be there through this investment and it is a big achievement of my government,” he said.

The governor also said that the government provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to more than 10 lakh construction and Mathadi workers during the lockdown period.

Shelter homes and meals were provided to labourers who had to migrate due to the lockdown and workers from other states, he said.

On the issue of women’s safety, Koshyari said the government has prepared a Shakti bill, and added that it is creating the first separate women’s battalion in the State Reserved Police Force.

He said work on the coastal road, that will connect Mumbai island city to western suburbs, is going on in a “speedy” manner.

“The Metro services in cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur will soon become functional so that it will help reduce the pressure on local train service,” he said.

The ”Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Prosperity” highway corridor, joining various districts of Maharashtra, will also become functional soon, the governor said.

“The stretch between Nagpur and Shirdi on this corridor will be opened for traffic soon,” he added.

The governor said the government’s decision of reducing stamp duty for house purchase has helped revive the construction sector and in addition helped bring the state economy to normalcy.

“During the period of four months between September and December last year, property registration has increased by 48 per cent while revenue has increased by Rs 367 crore, compared to the previous year of 2019 for the same period,” he said.

The government has made changes in the 7/12 extract for the first time after eight decades, Koshyari said.

“Twelve changes like watermark, unique code will result in curbing the irregularities in land matters,” he added.