Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the state government will ensure that middle income group people are able to afford their own houses.
"It is very difficult for the common man to own a house in Mumbai or at other big cities in Maharashtra. For this, we have decided to work towards a goal of ensuring affordable houses. And it will be ensured that it happens at the earliest," he said.
The Chief Minister was speaking after unfurling the tricolour at the Mantralaya here to mark the 68th Independence Day.
Chavan added that the government will make Maharashtra an "online" state in the next five years, that will reduce corruption and help citizens avail government facilities.
"We want to make Maharashtra an online state that will help citizens avail all the services of the government sitting at home. This will make government procedures transparent and efficient at the same time. We will ensure that the scheme reaches across to even the smallest of villages," he said.
He said that the government during its term has provided reservation to the Marathas and Muslims, thereby fulfilling their long pending demands.
"By approving reservation for Marathas and Muslims in government jobs and education institutions, we have tried to ensure that demands of the minority communities are met," he said.
"By launching the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana, the government has tried to ensure that the needy get the best treatment free of cost. From the time it was initiated, around 5.62 lakh people people have benefited from it and the government has spent Rs 712 crores on this scheme," he added.