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Maharashtra Gov become first to bring law against Social boycott & launched Mission Drinking Water

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The Maharashtra Assembly lead by Devendra Fadnavis passed the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill 2016 to becoming the first State to enact such a law.He also launched the ‘Mission Drinking Water’ to conquer water crisis

Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill:

Aim: To crack down on extra-judicial bodies such as caste and community panchayats.

Key Features of Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill :

  • The Bill provides for prohibition of social boycott of a person or group of persons by an individual or a group like caste panchayat.
  • The Bill had incorporated provisions that enabled preventive action against any possibility of a caste panchayat imposing a social boycott.

The provisions of the law define social boycott as a cognisable, but bailable offence, and Maharashtra Gov become first to bring law against Social boycott & launched Mission Drinking Waterprovide for an imprisonment of up to three years or Rs. 1 lakh fine or both.The maximum punishment for which will be seven years in prison or fine up to Rs. 5 lakh or both.

‘Mission Drinking Water’:

Maharashtra government constituted the Maharashtra Drought Relief Committee headed by Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse and Opposition leader Radhakrishna Patil.

Highlights :

  • The government has adopted a two-pronged strategy to scale up drought mitigation through Mission Drinking Water.
  • To ensure changes in crop pattern to sustain wholistic development, which includes greater investments in agriculture and industries
  • Maintaining that the state government was working 24×7 to tackle hardships of villagers.


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