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Mumbai, Maharashtra News Live Updates: No stay on public welfare schemes, says CM Eknath Shinde on Independence Day – The Indian Express

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde salutes the national Flag.

Mumbai, Maharashtra News Today Live (August 15): Maharashtra Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said that the state has begun its journey to become a “leader of the country”. During his Independence Day speech, he said that no public welfare schemes were stayed by the new government. “A new government has been formed and we have started working from day one. Our first preference of working is common citizens and farmers,” said Shinde after hoisting the tricolour at state government headquarters. Shinde said that no schemes aimed at public welfare were stayed by his government amid accusations from the Opposition that his government had stayed schemes and projects approved by the earlier government.

In other news, Maharashtra’s new cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar wants government employees to answer their phone calls with ‘Vande Mataram’ and not with the foreign word ‘hello.’ “This is the 75th year of Indian independence and to mark the achievement, all officers and employees in government offices will start the telephonic conversations by saying Vande Mataram and not hello,” said Mungantiwar, hours after cabinet portfolio distribution was announced. “Vande Mataram is our national song. It is not just a word but a symbol of the sentiments of Indians towards Mother India. Written by Bankimchandra Chatterjee in 1875, this song served to energise freedom fighters. Expressing the feeling, ‘O Mother, I bow to you,’ Bankimchandra evoked a spark of patriotism in the hearts of many,” he said.

Maharashtra  Chief Minister Eknath Shinde allocated portfolios to his 18 Cabinet ministers on Sunday, a week after they were sworn in. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari approved the portfolio distribution in the evening. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ensured that the majority of important portfolios were allocated to it with deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis managing to keep both Home and Finance departments. CM Shinde kept the Urban Development Department (UDD), which he handled in the previous MVA government. He will handle Information and Technology, Public Works (Public undertakings), Transport, Marketing, Social Justice, Relief and Rehabilitation, Disaster management, Soil and water conservation, Environment and Minority Affairs.

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