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Mumbai News Live Updates: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray hits out at Rahul Gandhi over Savarkar remarks – The Indian Express

Mumbai news live today: Maharashtra Navirman Sena president Raj Thackeray (File)

Maharashtra News Today Live Updates: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray Sunday hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on V D Savarkar during his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra. The MNS chief questioned what is Rahul’s “stature to talk ill about Savarkar”. He also asked Congress and BJP to stop maligning national icons like V D Savarkar and Jawaharlal Nehru and instead focus on important issues facing the country. During his yatra, Rahul had stoked a row by claiming Savarkar had written mercy petitions to the British from the Andaman cellular jail. Highlighting Savarkar’s letter to the British, the Congress leader said it was a mercy petition.

Meanwhile, of the 2,33,13,762 children enrolled in government and aided schools across Maharashtra 19,55,515 (8.38 per cent) do not have Aadhaar cards, according to recently released data from the state government. Of the 2,13,58,247 children, who have Aadhaar cards 40,01,250 are invalid meaning their enrolment will not be counted in addition to those having no Aadhaar card. Ahead of the teacher approval process, the data has become a cause of worry for many schools.

In other news, the Eknath Shinde-led government has formed a committee to revise and increase construction cost for farm access roads, which was fixed barely one year ago by the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. The Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Department of the Maharashtra government in November 2021 announced the ‘Matoshri Gramsamruddhi Shet / Panand Raste Yojana’ — a scheme for the construction of farm access roads, which are vital for the transport of machinery used in various farm related activities — and fixed the construction rate at Rs 23.84 lakh. It was meant for two types of work: Strengthening of existing dirt farm access roads and removing encroachment on them; and building better quality roads. Shinde on Friday formed a nine-member committee of government engineers from different departments to revise the cost for the construction of per kilometre of farm access roads.

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