Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Ma­ha­rash­tra govt al­lo­cates ~4.45 cr for Fad­navis show, two other events

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment has ear­marked ~4.45 crore for in­ter­ac­tive pro­grammes, in­clud­ing Mee Mukhya­mantri Boltoy (chief min­is­ter speak­ing), Deven­dra Fad­navis’s monthly ad­dress launched along the lines of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat. The CM speaks on var­ied sub­jects on the show tele­cast on Do­or­dar­shan and pri­vate chan­nels.

Af­ter the fi­nance depart­ment raised strong ob­jec­tions to the un­bud­geted ex­pen­di­ture on MMB and other in­ter­ac­tive pro­grammes like Dilkhu­las and Jai Ma­ha­rash­tra, the state gov­ern­ment is­sued a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR) for the al­lo­ca­tion.

Of the total al­lo­ca­tion of ~4.45 crore, ~2.40 crore have been ear­marked for the shoot­ing, script writ­ing, cam­era set up, edit­ing and other post-pro­duc­tion work for Fad­navis’s pro­gramme.

While MMB tele­cast on Do­or­dar­shan will cost ~9 lakh a year, the GR is silent on the cost for pri­vate chan­nels. It has also ear­marked ~1.96 crore per year for ad­ver­tis­ing these in­ter­ac­tive pro­grammes in the news­pa­pers.

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