GOVT OF MAHARASHTRA

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Maharashtra hands over five of its hospitals to four IAS officers

In a seemingly desperate move, the Maharashtra government has deputed three IAS officers to three major civic-run hospitals in the city for effective management of the outbreak. The responsibility of Nair Hospital has been given to Madan Nagargoje (IAS:2007) while Ajit Patil (IAS:2007) will oversee the functioning of KEM Hospital. Balaji Manjule (IAS:2009) has been deputed to Sion Hospital.

State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta deputed the IAS officers for effective control and management of these hospitals, which are handling most of the coronavirus cases.

The responsibility of state-run GT Hospital and JJ Hospital has been given to Sushil Khodvekar (IAS:2011) apart from this, who is deputy secretary in the school education department. Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 42,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths.

22 May 2020
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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

22 May 2020
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Maharashtra hands over five of its hospitals to four IAS officers

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

In a seemingly desperate move, the Maharashtra government has deputed three IAS officers to three major civic-run hospitals in the city for effective management of the outbreak. The responsibility of Nair Hospital has been given to Madan Nagargoje (IAS:2007) while Ajit Patil (IAS:2007) will oversee the functioning of KEM Hospital. Balaji Manjule (IAS:2009) has been deputed to Sion Hospital.

State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta deputed the IAS officers for effective control and management of these hospitals, which are handling most of the coronavirus cases.

The responsibility of state-run GT Hospital and JJ Hospital has been given to Sushil Khodvekar (IAS:2011) apart from this, who is deputy secretary in the school education department. Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 42,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths.

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Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

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Thackeray reaches Legislative Council; government safe!

By IndianMandarins 15 May 2020

The crisis for the government is averted as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and eight others have been declared elected unopposed to the Legislative Council.

 

Apart from Thackeray, Council Deputy Chairperson Neelam Gorhe (Shiv Sena), four candidates of BJP - Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil, Gopichand Padalkar, Praveen Date and Ramesh Karad; NCP’s Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkari and Congress’s Rajesh Rathod were in the fray for the nine seats, which fell vacant on April 24.

 

The CM had the time to get elected to any house of Assembly before May 27, 2020. With this election, 59-year-old Thackeray, who is also the president of Shiv Sena, makes his debut as a legislator. He was sworn in as chief minister on November 28, 2019.

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Maha bureaucratic reshuffle: Pardeshi shunted out, Chahal new BMC Commissioner

By IndianMandarins 08 May 2020

In view of constant criticism from all across, the Maharashtra government on  Thursday evening enacted a major bureaucratic reshuffle focusing more on Mumbai where the furry of the COVID-19 pandemic is the worst. The order was issued on May 08, 2020. These are as follows:

  1. Praveen Pardeshi (IAS:1985), Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) (1), Urban Development Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai.
  2. Manoj Saunik (IAS:1987), ACS, Public Works Department was posted as ACS (Finance), Finance Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai.
  3. I S Chahal, (IAS:1989) Principal Secretary (1), Urban Development Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai has been posted Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai.
  4. Ashwini Bhide (IAS:1995) was posted as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai.
  5. Sanjeev Jaiswal (IAS:1996) was posted as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai.
  6. A L Jarhad (IAS:1997), Additional Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai was posted as Secretary (R&R), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai.
  7. Jayshree Bhoj (IAS:2003), Additional Municipal Commissioner, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai was posted as Managing Director, MSSIDC, Mumbai.
  8. K D Nimbalkar (IAS:2003), Secretary (R&R), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai was posted as Secretary, Public Works Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai.

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Maha CM job at stake: Udhdhav faces constitutional hurdle with limited options

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

There is a constitutional obligation before Uddhav Thackeray under Article 164 (4) that he would have to be a member of any of the houses of Maharashtra Assembly before May 24, 2020. Since the Election Commission of India has postponed every election, he is left with no other option but to look at the governor to be merciful on him to nominate him for Legislative Council.

What will happen if he fails to get nominated? There is one option that he resigns and takes oath as the CM once again giving himself another six months. But this is easier said than done as it would involve not only both the Shiv Sena's partners, the Congress and the NCP but give the governor more power to take a call on this.

There is a Supreme Court judgment pronounced on August 17, 2001, that had ruled such re-appointment of a minister in the Punjab government without getting elected to the Assembly as improper and undemocratic.

So what other option does he have if the governor refuses to oblige him? He can let his son Aditya Thackeray to take over but making his allies to agree on this is very difficult as they may seek some more concession that SS might not agree as it has already compromised a lot with its ideology.

There is no problem technically with any nominated member holding top posts as they are as good as any elected member. There is no bar on the governor nominating him as well.

However, till date, no CM has been nominated to the upper house under the nominated category. So much so that no one has been able to get a ministerial berth from the nomination category. His name has already been sent for nomination for the legislative council by the state cabinet. But the Maharashtra government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario. Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Thackrey may get elected to legislative council but its tenure ends on June 6

By IndianMandarins 11 Apr 2020

Maharashtra has been the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and there have been bouquets and brickbats for CM Udhdhav Thackrey on the issue of handling the crisis as the state has got the maximum number of Coronavirus infection cases.

But what is going to trouble him the most is his election to any of the houses before six months in the office however his name has been nominated for the legislative council. So the Maharashtra government has to tread very cautiously as the election or nomination of chief minister Udhdhav Thackrey is concerned.

Maharashtra cabinet passed a resolution recommending governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to nominate the state CM from his quota to the Legislative Council but unfortunately Thackrey will be able to enjoy tenure to Upper House just for two months as term of the two vacant seats from the quota ends on June 6, 2020. Election for Legislative Assembly or Council could not have been made possible due to a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19.

Udhdhav Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019 is not a member of any of the houses and has six months to get elected to either of the House. The six-month deadline for the CM to get elected ends on May 28, 2020 and if he is not nominated or elected during the stipulated time, not just him but the entire cabinet would have to resign. He will have to be re-nominated by the Governor to continue to work as the CM after June 6.

In this situation of uncertainty due to the outbreak, the question is what will happen after June 6, 2020 when Thackeray’s term as a potential MLC ends. If the governor re-nominates him to the Upper House, all may be well. But, there could be a legal tangle over whether a person can be reappointed as a minister without being elected to any House.

There is an SC judgment issued on August 17, 2001, which has termed such re-appointment of a minister in Punjab government without getting elected as improper and undemocratic. Tej Prakash Singh had resigned from the position as a minister on March 8, 1996 but was reappointed without getting elected to the legislative assembly as a minister on November 23, 1996, which was challenged in the court of law. However the government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario.

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Maharashtra Chief Secretary gets extension

By IndianMandarins 29 Mar 2020

Following the concurrence of Centre the Maharashtra Government on Saturday announced the extension in service of Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy G Mehta (IAS:1984:MH) for a period of three months. He was scheduled to retire on March 31, 2020 instead he would continue as CS till June 30, 2020.   

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Paramveer Singh is new Mumbai Police Commissioner

By IndianMandarins 29 Feb 2020

The Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government on Saturday appointed Paramveer Singh (IPS:1988:MH) as the new Police Commissioner of Mumbai replacing Sanjay Barve (IPS:1987:MH) who completed his second extended tenure today.  

It may be underlined that the Maharashtra ACB headed by Paramveer Singh had given a clean chit to Ajit Pawar, currently Deputy CM, in connection with alleged scam involving Irrigation projects.

Further, Sanjay Barve was recently embroiled in a controversy over granting the work for digitising Mumbai Police records to a firm which was owned by his son and wife pro bono (without charging money).

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