Balasaheb Thackeray Smruti Matoshree Gram Panchayat Yojana has been granted an extension by Maharashtra cabinet on 17 November 2023. Under Matoshree Yojana, the Maharashtra govt will fund construction of office buildings for smaller gram panchayants. Matoshri Yojana was firstly cleared by the Maharashtra state government in January 2018 and was intended to run till the year 2022, but now after the extension it will run till 2027-28.
Read this article till the end to know provisions of बाळासाहेब ठाकरे स्मृती मातोश्री ग्राम पंचायत योजना and other aspects regarding the scheme.

About Balasaheb Thackeray Smruti Matoshree Gram Panchayat Yojana

Matoshri Yojana is being implemented to help small gram panchayats in construction of office buildings for them. The new provisions of the Balasaheb Thackeray Smriti Matoshri Gram Panchayat Bandhani Yojana, as approved by the state cabinet while giving extension, are as follows:-
  • Each gram panchayat with less than 2,000 population without a building will now get Rs. 20 lakh. Earlier this amount was Rs. 15 lakh.
  • Each gram panchayat with a population of more than 2,000 without a building will now get Rs. 25 lakh. Earlier this amount was Rs. 18 lakh.
The scheme was intended to benefit 4,252 small gram panchayats located across various parts of Maharashtra. In the past 4 years, administrative approval has been given to 1,748 gram panchayats for which Rs. 38.13 crore till now have been spent.

No Requirement of Own Funds in Matoshri Yojana

Earlier, the gram panchayats in Maharashtra were to put 10% of their own funds for the construction work, which has now been cancelled. As per the state cabinet, from now onwards, the GP's will not have to put their own funds in building construction work. Rather more funds, if required, can be made available from other schemes of state and Centre, finance commission fund, district village development fund as well as from MP and MLA fund.

Other Decisions in Maharashtra Cabinet Meeting

On 17 Nov 2023, the state cabinet was also informed that advance payment of Rs. 965 crore from Pradhan Mantri crop insurance scheme has been made as of now. According to the government’s statement, a total of 47.63 lakh applications have been approved with total amount of around Rs 1954 crore. Out of this, distribution of Rs. 965 crore has been made.

The crop insurance companies have raised partial objections on claims in nine out of 24 districts, including Beed, Buldhana, Washim, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nasik, Ahmadnagar, Pune and Amaravati. The hearing on those objections is ongoing in Pune and Amaravati, while the process is over in other districts. The companies have not raised any objection in 12 districts.