From being Deputy Chief Minister to holding several key ministerial portfolios in the State, Shri Ajit Pawar has spent the past three decades leading Maharashtra forward.
He has made equitable development and instituted ground-breaking reforms across the state. Under his able leadership, Maharashtra’s per capita income grew to INR 1,05,493, the state’s literacy rate climbed to 82.9 percent, infant mortality declined from 48 to 25, and energy production grew to 89,465 million KW/hour — in fact, by 2012, he had almost resolved Maharashtra’s complex load shedding problem.
From simplifying ordinary citizens’ lives with his amendments to the Bombay Stamp Act, to stimulating industrial growth with several progressive subsidies, and drafting legislation to uplift farmers and fisherman — every sector of the economy has benefited from his astute socio-economic policies.
In 2014, Shri Ajit Pawar recognized that farmers were being heavily impacted by the increasing prevalence of natural calamities like drought and hailstorms.
Crop losses rendered them with an inability to pay their electricity bills, which then led to service termination and further complicated their financial woes. In response, Shri Ajit Pawar pushed for a 50% waiver on their dues and gave them the option to pay the remaining amount in three instalments. He later announced that the state exchequer would spend INR 2,977 Crores towards this worthy end.
This is a clear example of his ability to combine bottom-up and top-down tactics to deliver pragmatic solutions that make a real impact. Furthermore, during his tenure as Maharashtra’s Finance Minister, he instituted schemes that provided subsidized loans to farmers, allocated funds to maintain buffer stocks of fertilizer, and directed state resources towards major agricultural development initiatives involving water sector improvement, sustainable irrigation, grassland development, and seed distribution.
While he is widely recognized for his working the agrarian space, Shri Ajit Pawar has made significant progress in various other verticals too.
He has pushed for the development of fishing jetties, the mechanisation of fishing boats, and the promotion and marketing of fishing to boost Maharashtra’s marine economy.
He has also provided energy subsidies for power looms in the textile industry, funded the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and extended the Employment Guarantee Scheme to ‘C’ category Municipal Councils.
A champion of public health, Shri Ajit Pawar was instrumental in banning gutkha, pan masala, and other tobacco-related products in Maharashtra in 2012. In his budget, he discontinued VAT on braille watches and vehicles for the handicapped, reduced rates on AICD heart implants, and exempted rice bran, hand pumps, and water meters from being taxed.
His track record over the past three decades underscores his dedication to his constituents and his commitment to his vision. Between the period of November 2010 – October 2011, he only had 9 pending files, having successfully resolved close to 2,800 files. This is unprecedented in the Indian Governmental context — a clear indication of his compassion, ingenuity, efficiency, and political prowess.