Maharashtra CM to Meet Business Leaders today on drought-prone villages

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MUMBAI: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be hosting top business leaders, owners of corporate houses and Bollywood celebrities to urge them to take up some development work in severe drought prone villages in the state.

The meeting will be held on the ground floor in Mantralaya on August 25, 2016 Thursday and as many as 70 business heads and film industry celebrities like Aamir Khan are expected to turn up for the event.

The government has shortlisted 1000 villages that are severely drought prone and a mission to turn them into model villages will be announced at the Thursday’s event, said an official from the chief minister’s office.

Development works like water conservation programs, children education, construction of infrastructure and other things can be done through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund of these companies.

“The state government will urge these companies to tie up with them and to extend help through their CSR for developing these villages,” said a official.

The state government has already tied up with many companies like the Tata group of companies for free medical and legal aid for prisoners and also with Aamir Khan led Paani foundation which is taking up water conservation projects in many drought prone areas of the state.

“Whenever the state has extended a request to the corporate world to come and participate in its initiatives, it has always got a good response. Even this time we are hoping for the same thing,” said another official.

(The Times of India)

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