Surendra P Gangan

Surendra P Gangan is Senior Assistant Editor with political bureau of Hindustan Times’ Mumbai Edition. He covers state politics and Maharashtra government’s administrative stories. Reports on the developments in finances, agriculture, social sectors among others.

Articles by Surendra P Gangan

EC: 10% to 25% of voters in state could be absent, shifted, dead

Ahead of the local body polls expected to be conducted later this year and Lok Sabha and Assembly polls to be held next year, the EC has taken up the drive to clean up the roll by deleting ASD (absent, shifted and dead) electors

EC: 10% to 25% of voters in state could be absent, shifted, dead
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 12:44 AM IST

AIMIM MP camped outside Ram temple to prevent violence from escalating

Jalil, who represents Aurangabad constituency, reached the temple within 15 minutes of the incident that triggered the skirmish between two groups. “Had the temple been targeted and had I not reached in time, the violence would have spread rapidly across the state,” he said

AIMIM MP camped outside Ram temple to prevent violence from escalating
Published on Mar 31, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Mob torches police, pvt vehicles as two groups clash in Sambhaji Nagar

The tension escalated in the Muslim-dominated Kiradpura after a brawl broke out following a motorbike accident and shouting of slogans by a group of youths at around 11 pm on Wednesday. The group had come to the local Ram temple on the eve of Ram Navami, and while returning, reportedly shouted slogans that led to arguments with other groups in the area

**EDS: TO GO WITH STORY** Aurangabad: Police personnel deployed after a clash between two groups near a Ram temple in Aurangabad, Thursday, March 30, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_30_2023_000279B) (PTI)
Published on Mar 31, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Vehicles torched amid clash between groups in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar: Police

According to police, a brawl had broken out following a bike accident in the Kiradpura area around 11pm on Wednesday

Police said they have retrieved CCTV footage from the spot and process of lodging the FIR was underway. (Representative file image)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 01:04 PM IST

CAG slams BMC over delay in Sion hospital redevelopment

he Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the delay in the redevelopment of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Sion and violation of the tender conditions and central government directives on environmental clearance while implementing the project

Mumbai, India - May 12, 2020: Over view of Lokmanya Tilak municipal general Hospital, Sion, during a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 27, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Breach of privilege motion against Sanjay Raut referred to RS

Deputy chairperson of the legislative council Neelam Gorhe and Speaker of the assembly Rahul Narwekar on Saturday referred the breach of privilege motion against the Shiv Sena (UVT) MP Sanjay Raut to the Rajya Sabha chairperson after terming the RS member’s response as ‘unsatisfactory’

New Delhi, India - Nov. 21, 2019: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut seen during the winter session at Parliament in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, November 21, 2019. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 12:33 AM IST

CAG slams BMC for irregularities, mismanagement and callous handling of public funds

Mumbai: As the city awaits polls to elect a new civic house, a special audit conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into the Mumbai civic body’s functioning has pointed out serious irregularities in giving contracts and implementing various city projects

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Published on Mar 26, 2023 12:20 AM IST

Fire safety bill paves way for 35-storey parking lots; experts raise concerns

The amendment to the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act will allow a rise in the height of the professional educational institutions and parking lots to 45 metres and 100 metres respectively.

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Published on Mar 25, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Govt to split 1% reservation between institutional and non-institutional orphans

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government modified it and added the category of non-institutional orphans living with their relatives in relatively well-off conditions. The Shinde-Fadnavis government has now further modified the decision and split the reservation in equal ratio to the orphans brought up in CCI and one living with relatives.

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Updated on Mar 24, 2023 12:49 AM IST

Fadnavis and Thackeray exchange pleasantries at assembly complex

The two have been at loggerheads since Thackeray parted ways with the BJP in 2019 and formed the government with the help of the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress

Fadnavis waited for a few minutes for Thackeray to alight from his car and greeted him. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 03:54 PM IST

Buildings above 22 floors must have fire safety officer

STRAP: Bi-annual audit system will also be made mandatory for buildings as state prepares to make city more fire-safeMumbai: Major fires in recent months in city high-rises—Kurla, Dadar and Malad to name only three—have led to the state government moving a new fire safety bill that has stringent regulations and a legal framework to punish violators

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Published on Mar 23, 2023 12:49 AM IST

‘Rumour’: Maharashtra BJP chief on report of simultaneous LS-state election plan

Rumours that the state elections would be advanced by a few months were being spread to misguide people, said Chandrakant Bawankule.

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Twitter video grab/cbawankule)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 07:56 PM IST

Strike-related rules stricter, layoff norms eased in new labour rules

Mumbai: The state government in its cabinet meeting on Friday gave its assent to the rules formed under the new labour codes passed by the central government in 2020

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Published on Mar 20, 2023 12:49 AM IST

Aniksha in 5-day police custody; NCP, Cong give the issue a pass

The special ACB (anti-corruption bureau) court on Friday sent Aniksha Jaisinghani to five-day police custody, a day after she was arrested on charges of blackmailing, and trying to extort money from Amruta Fadnavis, wife of deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai, India - March 17, 2023: Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis interacts with NCP MLA Jayant Patil during the Maharashtra Budget Session, at Vidhan Bhavan, Nariman Point, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, March 17, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 01:10 AM IST
ByVinay Dalvi and Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai

After Shinde’s assurance, farmers’ march halts in Thane

However, if a government order in this regard were not issued to all district collectors in the next three-four days, the march would resume, members of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which has been spearheading the agitation, warned

Farmers at Shahapur in Thane on Thursday. Earlier in the day, a 13-member AIKS delegation comprising J P Gavit, Ashok Dhawale, Ajit Nawale, MLA Vinod Nikole, and Indrajeet Gavit attended a meeting chaired by Shinde. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers were also present. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Fadnavis alleges political conspiracy to trap his family in false cases

The Mumbai Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against a designer for allegedly offering ₹1 crore bribe to his wife, Amruta Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 04:33 PM IST

Shinde, Fadnavis to meet delegation of marching farmers today

Mumbai: Chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will hold a meeting with a delegation representing marching farmers on Wednesday

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Published on Mar 15, 2023 12:42 AM IST

State announces ex gratia of 300 a quintal for onion amid dip in prices

Chief minister Eknath Shinde made the announcement in the legislative assembly on Monday. “The glut in the production has led to the drop in the prices. Since it is a perishable product, it does not come under the minimum support price cover

Nashik, India - March 13, 2023: Farmers protest and throw onions and tomatoes on road as they participate in a foot march that is going to Mumbai from Nashik, India, on Monday, March 13, 2023. Ravindra Rajput (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:47 AM IST

SIT to probe morphed video of Shiv Sena MLA, party leader

Mumbai: The state government has announced to appoint a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged morphed video of Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Surve and deputy leader Sheetal Mhatre

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Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:36 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Saurabha Kulshreshtha

State drags its feet on OPS; Fadnavis to meet unions over indefinite strike

It is significant to mention that state government employees have announced an indefinite strike from March 14 demanding OPS be reintroduced. Deputy CM Fadnavis is likely to hold a meeting with the employees’ unions again on Monday

Thane, India - February 07, 2023: Maharashtra government employees (of public works, water resources, rural development and water supply departments) protest against State Government demanding fulfilment of all their demands including the implementation of the old pension scheme, outside Thane Collector's Office, in Thane, India, on Tuesday, February 07, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Fadnavis’s Panchamtrut budget showers sops, aims to please all

The Deputy CM who is also the finance minister presented the 2023-2024 budget called it Panchamrut alluding to the five areas this government is focusing on: agriculture, infrastructure, women and backward communities, environment and employment generation.

Women empowerment is also one of the key focus areas of this budget. Fadnavis announced a revised ‘Lek Ladki’ scheme under which any girl child from a family which is below the poverty line, will get <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>23,000 in four slabs until she reaches Class-IX and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>75,000 upon attaining 18 years of age. (ANI)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 01:12 AM IST

In infra boost, state proposes Nagpur-Goa expressway

“To increase the state’s share from 14.2% to 20% in national gross domestic product, our emphasis is to boost infrastructure, which will result in comprehensive development,” Fadnavis said in his budget speech. The total provision for infrastructure development for 2023-24 financial year is ₹53,058.55 crore

About 88% work of the ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur expressway (picture) is already complete while the state has sanctioned <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>162 crore for building a jetty between Radio Club and Gateway of India to decongest the iconic monument, deputy CM and finance minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday. (HT Archives)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 01:10 AM IST
ByYogesh Naik and Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai

Maharashtra economy to grow at 6.8% in 2022-23, less than national average of 7%

In 2021-2022, the state’s growth rate was 9.1% as against the projected growth rate of 12.1%.

In terms of per capita income, last year, Maharashtra stood at number 5 among the states. (Representative)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 04:13 AM IST

Gateway of India awaits restoration funds as cracks develop in iconic structure

The directorate made a presentation to cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar last week and apprised him of the deterioration.

The Gateway of India in Mumbai, India. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Mar 08, 2023 02:35 AM IST

Police recruitment: Transgenders not allowed to appear for physical tests

The applicants were told that the state government has not set the criterion for the physical tests of the transgender candidates.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:56 AM IST

As protests erupt, govt forms panel to rein in onion prices

The despair of farmers is clear from the forms of protest. While a farmer from Andarmul wrote a letter in blood to chief minister Eknath Shinde, inviting him for the “Holi of Onions” on Monday, 145 farmers from Chandwad tehsil in Nashik have written to the President of India, seeking permission to end their lives

As protests erupt, govt forms panel to rein in onion prices
Published on Mar 05, 2023 01:42 AM IST

State legislature will write to Rajya Sabha on action against Raut

Raut is facing a breach of privilege motion for calling the Maharashtra legislature a Chor Mandal or House of Thieves.

Late on Wednesday, the state legislature appointed a 15-member privilege committee headed by BJP MLA Rahul Kul. The committee comprises opposition members from the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, but has no member from the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena. The first meeting of the committee was held on Friday at Vidhan Bhavan. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 05:09 PM IST

Production stropped at four pharmaceutical firms, licence of six suspended

The Maharashtra government has stopped production at four pharmaceutical companies involved in manufacturing cough syrups while the licence of six others has been suspended after they were found violating the rules related to stability test

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Published on Mar 04, 2023 01:07 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State to discuss with varsity for termination of KJ Somaiya professor

Patil, while replying to a question asked by the leader of the opposition Ajit Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal and others in the Assembly said that a criminal case has not been taken against the professor as the students have not filed any complaint.

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Published on Mar 03, 2023 01:31 AM IST
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