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Here are 15 best New Year WhatsApp messages

15. May your expectations in this New Year morning be realised with each and everyday of the year. This is to wish you a good health that will maintain the energy to flip your wing while soaring into greater heights towards your destiny.

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Maha govt chalks out special green development model for Sindhudurg, Chandrapur

Explaining the project, Kesarkar said, “The idea is to bring all government departments together to chalk out a comprehensive plan for all available sectors and then pool all funds coming from state and Centre, channelising the money strategically at the micro level instead of funding big schemes.”

What is common between Chandrapur and Sindhudurg districts? A lot, believes the state government, for instance, skewed development, migration, mining and tourism as main industries, and agriculture and fisheries, the two main livelihoods.Also, both geographically represent two distal ends of Maharashtra, not to mention the state’s two high-profile ministers, Sudhir Mungantiwar and Deepak Kesarkar, hail from Chandrapur and Sindhudurg districts, respectively. Mungantiwar holds the finance portfolio and Kesarkar is his deputy. They are also the guardian ministers of the two districts.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These similarities and a brainstorming session between the two finance wizards has given birth to a unique micro-planning project, which has been given an interesting yet traditional name — Chanda to Banda (Chanda for Chandrapur and Banda for a town at the Goa border in Sindhudurg), which is often used to refer to the width of the state in layman’s language.”This is a fresh approach towards development where economy, environment and human development will go hand-in-hand. The plan aims to double the per capita income in Chandrapur and Sindhudurg districts, along with similar growth in human development indicators, as this project will touch upon every citizen, including students, farmers, fishermen, horticulturists, women and labourers,” Kesarkar, minister of state for planning, told dna.The annual per capita income of Sindhudurg and Chandrapur districts was Rs1.03 lakh and Rs89,902 as against the state average of Rs1.17 lakh, as per the 2014-15 economic survey of Maharashtra. The plan aims to make it Rs2.06 lakh and Rs1.79 lakh for Sindhudurg and Chandrapur, respectively, in four years.Explaining the project, Kesarkar said, “The idea is to bring all government departments together to chalk out a comprehensive plan for all available sectors and then pool all funds coming from state and Centre, channelising the money strategically at the micro level instead of funding big schemes.””It involves integrated micro-planning with identifying people’s need, studying available resources in the whole district, chalking out environment-friendly holistic development plans, including public-private partnerships and private investment,” he added.”Sindhudurg’s main crop is paddy, but the district has a few rice mills. The pass percentage of HSC is 90, but higher education opportunities are skewed. Due to lack of education and job opportunities, men migrate to other cities and women end up sitting at home. And that’s how the district shows the highest sex ratio in the state. This is strange and needs to addressed through the household development approach,” said a top official of the Maharashtra unit of National Rural Livelihood Mission.The Mission has been roped in to provide intellectual support to the project. Its officials, along with the working groups, will survey households in the two districts to calculate the need for colleges and type and size of industries to utilise the produce. Besides government funding, investors will be roped in for time-bound completion of all key projects.According to a finance department official, each district gets nearly Rs1,000 crore in various schemes funded by the Centre and state.The comprehensive plan is being given final touches by experts and agencies concerned. It would be rolled out next month with working groups doing ground-level survey to ascertain the socio-economic indicators at present and priority areas that need attention and investment.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde tops in absenteeism at Maharashtra cabinet meets: RTI

Prior to this, eight meetings were held in the period when the complete ministry was not constituted. Out of the 18 ministers, barring CM Fadnavis and Lonikar rest 16 ministers have been absent in some or other cabinet meetings.

Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde tops the list of ministers remaining absent from state cabinet meetings, a RTI query has revealed here.Other state ministers who were high on absenteeism include PWD minister Eknath Shinde, Health Minister Deepak Sawant, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Social Welfare minister Rajkumar Badole.Barring Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Water Supply Minister Babanrao Lonikar who have attended all cabinet meetings, none have a 100 per cent track record, according to the information provided to RTI activist Anil Galgali by the Chief Secretary office.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Galgali had filed a RTI query with the Chief Secretary office seeking details of the total number of cabinet meetings held by the state government and the attendance of ministers.The Under Secretary and the public information officer N B Khedekar informed Galgali that since December 11, 2014 to June 23, 2015 a total of 28 cabinet meetings were held.Prior to this, eight meetings were held in the period when the complete ministry was not constituted. Out of the 18 ministers, barring CM Fadnavis and Lonikar rest 16 ministers have been absent in some or other cabinet meetings.Pankaja remained absent in 9 out of the 28 cabinet meetings, Eknath Shinde in 7, Deepak Sawant in 6, Sudhir Mungantiwar in 5, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole in 5, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta in 4, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam in 4, Higher and Technical minister Vinod Tawde in 3, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse in 3, and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule in 3.Galgali further sought to know if any advisory was given by Fadnavis to curb the absenteeism, to which the CS office replied in negative stating it has no record of the same.The activist also queried if there is any rule for removal of the minister for remaining continuously absent from the cabinet meeting to which he was informed that no such rule.

Maharashtra now has a ‘state butterfly’, and here’s what it looks like

Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday declared Blue Mormon as the state butterfly.

The state is also the first in the country to make such announcement.

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Blue Mormon. Flickr CC Tim Hamilton

The decision was taken in a meeting of the state Wildlife Board here chaired by Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Maharashtra already has Indian Giant Squirrel (Shekru) as its state animal, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon (Hariyal) as state bird, mango as state tree, and Lagerststroemia (Jarul) as state flower but did not have butterfly as one of the symbols representing its flora and fauna.

“Nature-lovers have always been fascinated by butterfly. The state is home to nearly 225 varieties of butterflies and home to about 15 per cent of their population in the country. No state in the country has ever declared a state butterfly and the species has been one of the most neglected elements,” Mungantiwar told reporters here.

He said Maharashtra has become the first state to have a state butterfly.

“Academicians, research scholars on butterflies and nature-lovers have requested the forest minister (Mungantiwar also holds Forest department) to consider ‘Blue Mormon’ for the coveted title,” the minister said.

‘Blue Mormon’ (Papilio polymnestor) is the second largest by size, only behind the southern birdwing.

It has velvet, black wings with bright blue spots. The lower end of the wings are black while the body has some red spots on one side. Interestingly, it is only found in Sri Lanka, western ghats of Maharashtra, South India and coastal belts of the country.

Occasionally, this butterfly is also spotted from Vidharbha to Western Maharashtra.

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Maharashtra government to gift farmers teak saplings at birth of girl child

The agriculturists will be able to cultivate these saplings in their farms, and 20 years hence, the wood from these trees will help pay for the girl’s education or marriage, the authorities reason

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To give more muscle to the fight against gender discrimination and female foeticide, the state forest department is planning to gift teak saplings to farmers after a girl child is born to them. The agriculturists will be able to cultivate these saplings in their farms, and 20 years hence, the wood from these trees will help pay for the girl’s education or marriage, the authorities reason. “We are planning a pilot project in the four districts of Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Gondia, where five sag saplings will be given to each family free of cost after a daughter is born in their houses.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These trees can be planted in their farms and 20 years later, this wood can be sold,” finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who is also the state’s forest minister, told dna. He added that presently, each tree costed around Rs45,000, and the value of these five trees was around Rs2.25 lakh at present, but would go up in future due to the rising demand for the premium-quality wood. This commercial harvest of the trees will help raise money for the education or marriage of these girls. “This scheme is meant to correct the falling sex ratio… the families will also get a certificate with my signature listing the importance of the girl child and calling for her to be educated, and the possibility of monetising these trees for meeting the expenses of her education and marriage,” said Mungantiwar, adding that the measure would also aid afforestation and promote cultivation of teak wood.He stated that depending on the response and impact, the pilot project could be expanded to the rest of the state and may also include two more saplings—one each of mango and jackfruit to help generate an additional income for families with girl children. The four districts in the backward Vidarbha region are being considered for the launch, because of the high forest cover in the area. Mungantiwar said they would set up a monitoring system for the scheme which included mapping the trees on digital maps and a computerised repository of names and number of trees given.Skewed sex ratioPreference for a male child, practice of dowry, the inferior status accorded to women, and discrimination between the two sexes have led to female foeticide, and consequently, an unhealthy sex ratio.Maharashtra’s general sex ratio declined from 934 in 1991 to 922 in 2001, but marginally rose to 925 in 2011. In contrast, India’s sex ratio has increased from 927 in 1991 to 933 in 2011 and 940 in 2011.The state’s child sex ratio (ratio of girls to boys between zero and six years) has fallen from 946 in 1991 to 913 in 2001 and 883 in 2011 as against 914 in 2011, 927 in 2001 and 946 in 1991 for India.Shockingly, the health department’s estimates, considering the average expected sex ratio of 952 and the child sex ratio of 883 in the 2011 census, indicate that Maharashtra may have seen around 4,68,680 female foeticide cases between 2001 and 2011, including 30,116 in Mumbai.

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