Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said while a decision on compensation for all those affected by heavy rains will taken in the next cabinet meeting, the state could have done a lot more had the Centre given Maharashtra its “rightful dues” of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund.
Thackeray also targeted former CM and leader of the opposition Devendra Fadnavis by saying he will not respond to the latter’s remarks on the government’s functioning, as he does not have the time for it. Reacting to Fadnavis showing a clip of Thackeray in which he is seen asking the previous government to give Rs 50,000 per hectare as compensation to affected farmers, the CM said, “The clip which they are showing today was from a time when there was no Covid-19 outbreak and the Centre was not sitting on the GST refund.”
When asked why was the Maharashtra government waiting for field surveys and not giving compensation like Telangana had done, he said, “If our dues were cleared by the Centre, we too could have done that. The state is considering all options to raise funds for the compensation to be paid, he added.
Addressing the flood-hit people at Katgaon in Osmanabad, Thackeray said the state cabinet will meet on Wednesday or Thursday to take a decision on the relief to be given to the affected people. “I don’t talk numbers. I have come to tell you that the government stands in support of all those who are affected,” said Thackeray. Senior officials said preliminary estimates show nearly 10 lakh hectare of crop area has been affected and several homes fully or partially damaged.