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Maharashtra plans to unveil a comprehensive package to promote long-term agriculture-based industries to tackle the farm crisis and unemployment in drought-prone rural Marathwada, reports the Indian Express. A special Cabinet meeting where the plan was discussed also emphasised on making all 12,978 villages across eight districts of Marathwada water neutral by 2017-18.
Sources in the government have been quoted as saying, “Food parks, textile hubs and tourism will be the core sectors on which nodal departments have been directed to finalise the proposals.” Although the final package is still undecided, these sources revealed that the total projects along with private partnership would be worth Rs 1 lakh crore.
The report says that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held discussions with his ministers including Sudhir Mungantiwar, Sambhaji Nilengekar Pawar, Babanrao Lonikar, and Jaikumar Rawal to outline the broad parameters of the proposal for the underdeveloped region.