While Dr Nitin Raut, In-charge Minister for Nagpur district, said yesterday the government would impose restrictions in Nagpur shortly in view of rising cases of corona, Vijay Wadettiwar, OBC and Rehabilitation Minister, said today the government has not taken any decision in this regard.
Uddhavrao Thackeray, the Chief Minister, will discuss the issue in the Cabinet, talk to Task Force and experts and then take the decision. However, he has said that restrictions will have to be imposed if the people failed to take precaution now with third wave at the doorstep. Dr Raut must have given indication about restrictions, he said adding that he had no idea whether Dr Raut talked to the Chief Minister.
Wadettiwar was speaking at the ‘Meet-the-Press’ programme organised at Press Club here on Tuesday. The festive season is ahead and hence people should take due care of using mask, sanitizer and maintaining distance etc that can reduce corona cases, He pointed out that corona cases started increasing in Mumbai, Pune as well in Nagpur. The number of cases was 600/700 before some days in Maharashtra but now it has gone to 3500 patients.
As for Disaster Management Information Centre, the minister said that the Rs 1600 crore project would come up on 10 acres of land in MIHAN. The procession would begin once the land is acquired. The project having helipad, radar and other facilities is the most advanced technology unit in whole of Central India.
Regarding floods, he said that the floods damaged crops in 7 lakh hectares of land in Maharashtra. The government would held a meeting in a day or two to declare financial help to be extended to suffering farmers. Last year the government had given Rs 16,700 crore to farmers who faced miseries, he added.
Wadettiwar has said OBC reservation is to be continued adding that an all party meeting would be held and decide the issue and then elections to local self-bodies would be held. Maharashtra started giving scholarships to OBC students from 2004. An amount of rs 800 crore has been given till March last while Rs 1100 crore is to be given in Maharashtra. He also gave information about financial activities of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Research & Training Institute (Mahajyoti).
Pradeep Maitra, President of the club, welcomed the minister while Sarita Kaushik conducted the programme.