Message from the Chief Minister

Published : Nov 21, 2003 00:00 IST

I am glad to learn that Frontline will be publishing a Special Feature on Maharashtra.

Maharashtra is the most industrialised State in the country, has the best infrastructure; has evolved pragmatic policies; is the economic powerhouse of the country and a socially progressive State. Above all, it is a State devoted to securing social justice.

Ever since the Democratic Front government assumed power in October 1999, it has adopted measures to curtail the expenditure on administration and announced policies on women, population control, development of children and industrial development. It has laid due emphasis on programmes aimed at achieving the welfare of the weaker sections of society, minorities, farmers and farm labourers. This year's budget deserves special mention inasmuch as it provides special inputs for the development of socially deprived and neglected sections.

Maharashtra abounds in places of historical interest, caves and temples, rich flora and fauna, mountains and valleys and rivers and has a long coastline, which attract tourists. The State also has a rich heritage in art and culture.

I am sure the Special Feature will highlight the salient features of the State and will be informative to the readers.

I wish the effort all success.Mantralaya, Mumbai 400 032
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