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Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999

In 1992, the government of India circulated a 'model rent legislation' to state governments as a guide to reforming the state legislation in order to encourage investment in housing. Maharashtra is one of the four states that have evolved new rent legislation. What are its strengths and its inadequacies?

Dams and Development

Dam oustees in Satara district of Maharashtra recently scored a signal victory, when their 'sit-in struggle' resulted in the acceptance of their demands by the state government, including those on water allowance and equitable distribution of water. The agitators in Satara have thus managed to continue their tradition of struggle in the quest for development.

Maharashtra : Land Reforms: Turning the Clock Back

As part of the implementation of the Private Forests (Acquisition) Act, the state government has been acquiring land distributed to tenants and the landless, threatening to evict large numbers of tribal cultivators, all in the name of environmental protection. The livelihood resources of the poor are increasingly being diverted into capital for the private sector.

Withering Away of Canons of Financial Propriety

It is a matter for concern that in Maharashtra, a state which was once considered among the best governed in the country with sound financial management, serious questions are being raised whether a state of financial emergency needs to be declared under Article 360 of the Constitution which would be the first instance of its kind after independence. Why has the situation come to this pass and what needs to be done to set it right?

Local Government:Conflict of Interests and Issues of Legitimisation

Following the passing of the 73rd and 74th amendments, many states enacted legislation bestowing significant decision-making powers to the gram sabhas. In Maharashtra however, two parallel bodies with different legitimising sources continue to function, the gram sabha and the traditional village panchayats or collectives, which are generally dominated by upper and richer caste men. This has often led to some piquant situations.

Malegaon Riots

The communal riots in Malegaon were the most serious in Maharashtra after the post-Babri masjid killings in the state in 1992-93. The riots have underscored once again the role of politicians in fanning communal tensions and the failure of the police and the administration to contain the violence in time and prevent it from spreading.

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