“Budgetary provisions for the Dhangar community,” demands Padalkar of Pawar
Mumbai: BJP MLC Gopichand Padalkar has written to Finance Minister Ajit Pawar, ahead of presenting the state budget, asking him to make provision for the Dhangar community. He pointed to the failure of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government which could not spend Rs. 1000 crore intended for the community in the last two years.
In the letter, Padalkar said: “The Dhangar community contributed a lot to the development of Maharashtra. They were at the forefront of fighting with the British. Maharaja Yashwantrao Holkar, who belonged to the Dhangar clan, fought for the rights of the backward and oppressed.. However, the community has now been fighting for their rights for 30 years.And your government has not kept any promises with the community.
He recalls the promises made to the community by the previous BJP government. Gopichand said former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was the only one who understood their problem. “In a major political shift, the Devendra Fadnavis government came to power in 2014. For the first time, he recognized the seriousness of the problem and assured them that the community would be entitled to 22 tribal welfare programs until until they get a Scheduled Tribe certificate.He had immediately announced Rs 1000 crore and sanctioned Rs 500 crore.The programs included scholarships, hostels, measures to raise social and economic status, stipends housing etc. Dhanagar community Covid 19 pandemic, sheep and goat diseases, lack of basic facilities in Dhanagar community dwelling places have blighted their economy,” he said. he declares.
He further asks the government to boost the morale of the community and states that they need justice. In addition, he adds in his letter, the government has announced plans for them. He said: “The Fadnvis government has announced that the plans for them have been on the books during your tenure. There is anger in the community and it may explode one day. I expect you at least make arrangements for the community in the next budget session and provide some relief in their current situation.”