The Way Forward
- Ease of doing Business: Under the leadership of Shree Eknath Khadse, steps have been taken to make Maharashtra an attractive destination for doing business. Under his ministry, he has enacted and emphasized on various laws which call for making the political environment transparent and supportive for business. An example of this is faster state approvals related to land for businesses under Act 1966, 44 A wherein businesses applying for use of non-agriculture land will be given sanction within 60 days from the time of notice.
- Upliftment of Minorities: His continued support to under privileged minorities is evident in various decisions he has made for their betterment. As an example, the Wadar community which is engaged in ancestral tradition of stonework using their hands as tools has been given a yearly ownership of upto 200 brass stones.
- Controlling exploitation of land and natural resources: Enactment of laws which call for punishment on stealing national assets like sand which is an important natural resource but has been the target of sand mafia.
- Digitization of land records and use of digital technology for government processes: 17 Talukas have got e-mutation working, while 228 talukas are under a trial run to activate this advanced system. It is planned that by 31st March, 2016, every village in Maharashtra will have e-mutation available. Use of digital processes like e-tendering, e-auction, sand mining approval and tracking system (SMAT) etc. has been planned to bring greater efficiency, transparency and control.
- Continued improvement of revenue and excise process: Better governance and efficient citizen services are a hallmark of Shree Eknath Khadse. Many of his planned and already executed activities in this regard are removal of stamp duty on transfer of agriculture land and related assets between family members, single help line number for support, Marathi language support for registration and stamp duty documentation and services, use of digital technology connecting citizen service offices etc.
- Agriculture Department: Sanction of Rs. 1600 Cr to support and help 35 lakh farmers in distress due to crop damage. This is the largest sum that has been approved for the largest number of farmers so far. Other notable plans are provision of soil health card to farmers with 35 lac farmers already provided this card and estimated to provide 1 Cr farmers with such cards in the next 3 years, provision of training to farmers in advanced agriculture technology, establishing agriculture universities in every district etc.