The Maharashtra Government on Saturday allocated Rs. 8, 233 crore for various irrigation projects for farmers during the budget presentation. Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar started his budget speech in the assembly, while the opposition members protested with banners. The Speaker requested the opposition to go out. “Maharashtra’s growth rate for 2016-17 was 9.4 percent and we aim to take this at least in double digit in the coming year (2017-18).
For farmers, Rs. 8,233 crores has been allocated for water resources and Rs. 2,812 crore has been allocated for Prime Minister’s irrigation scheme proposed for year 2017-18,” Mungantiwar said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the government was willing to allocate financial resources along with the Centre to help 31 lakh farmers reeling under debt of Rs. 30,500 crore.