Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg (Formerly Rajapur) Constituency

The confidence the people of Rajapur constituency have reposed in me, has invoked in me an innate and solemn sense of responsibilities to ensure overall development of this area.

Due to geopolitical reasons, this area could not develop apace with the other areas of the state. Now, development is the order of the age. No area can remain perpetually under- developed for any good reason.

To trigger the growth of this most under developed area I have initiated various developmental schemes intended to benefit the son of the soil. May my efforts transform this areas economy from distant earned money to locally earned money.

To ensure an integrated and versatile growth and development, the schemes/projects are specifically selected for different specific areas and the implementation is being institutionalised through the involvement of the people of Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri, so that the benefit percolate to the most needy and development is sustained.

A well-knitted organisation support with a sense of responsibilities will back up these schemes to bottom up the growth of the area. The compilations of these efforts are incorporated in this Web site, which speaks for itself.

The people of Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency have reposed their faith in me by electing me as their MP consecutively in 1996, 1998 and again in 1999 & 2004.

I have tried my best to reciprocate this faith. The welfare and development of Rajapur has been my highest priority. Some of the steps taken for the development of Rajapur constituency are enumerated in this section. Although I have made it a point to visit my constituency at least once every month and try to resolve the developmental problems, yet, this web site gives me an opportunity to interact even more with my constituents.

Some of the steps initiated by me, have helped bring considerable impetus to the local constituents in their professions and way of life.

  • Amended CRZ Act, which will help the traditional fishermen
  • National Co-operative Development Corporation sanctioned loans for cold storage, which will benefit fishery industry
  • Regular interaction with the Ministry of Surface Transport for development of Vengurla, Reddi, Deogarh, Malwan Ports of Sindhudurg District
  • 11320 ha land will come under Wasteland Development Scheme with an outlay of Rs.15 crores
  • The sanction of Bamboo Scheme by the Ministry of Environment and Forests will help in improvement of employment facilities in the constituency
  • Proposed scheme for creation of one Sanskar Kendra, Library and Gymnasium in each Dashkroshi of the constituency
  • Proposed to build a Kisan Bhawan in each Dashkroshi of the constituency
  • Helped in getting crop insurance scheme initiated by Ministry of Agriculture for the benefit of fruit growers in Konkan area
  • Under the MPLADS, work on several important projects like drinking water, bridges and electricity completed
  • For improvement of postal and telecom facilities in the constituency, held several meetings with senior officers of Ministry of Communications as well as Minister of Communications
  • Initiated a proposal with Ministry of Finance for sanction of Rs.1 lakh loan to women entrepreneurs
  • Initiated a proposal with Ministry of Finance for tax rebate to industrialists in Konkan area
  • Initiated a proposal with Ministry of Human Resource Development for Shramik Vidhya Peeth in the constituency
  • In association with FICCI, organised a seminar on 19th January, 1999 at Sindhudurg in which several top ranking industrialists participated. It was decided to approve one industry/scheme for each taluka of the constituency
  • Proposed a scheme for sanction of an Internet booth in each Dashkroshi of the constituency which will help the rural people to get information on Internet
  • Local dialling facility in Sindhudurg district was inaugurated
  • Improvement of capacity of Doordarshan Kendras at Malwan/Kankavali/ Sangameshwar
  • Meetings and follow up action with Ministry of Railways for employment to affected people of Konkan Railway
  • Helped in getting financial assistance to needy and poor people from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund/Chief Minister's Relief Fund
  • LPG Agency sanctioned for Malwan, and proposal for LPG Agencies at Shiroda, Banda, Deogarh, Rajapur, Sangameshwar under consideration of Ministry of Petroleum
  • Inclusion of Sindhudurg district in National Reconstruction Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • Sindhudurg district was declared as a Tourist District and necessary funds were sanctioned from Central Government
  • Follow up action with Government of Maharastra and Government of India for approval of an international airport at Parule, District Sindhudurg
  • Welfare schemes for betterment of Ex-servicemen of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts
  • Unemployed youth were given opportunity for employment in the defence services
  • Meetings with senior officers of Ministry of Surface Transport for sanction of Naval Training Institute in the constituency
  • Konkan based people settled in Mumbai were helped in various matters
  • Visited several villages and talukas of the constituency and helped getting the work done for the constituents

Sindhudurg district is situated between Latitudes 15.37 and 16.40 North, and longitudes 73.19 and 74.13 East. It is boarded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hill ranges to the East with a total area of 5,087 sq.km.

Sindhudurg is in the Kokan area of Maharastra having picturesque stretch of land on the west cost of India, endowed with the beautiful seashore, picturesque Mountains and scenic natural beauty and known for tropical fruit like the world famous Alphonso mangoes, cashews, Jamuns etc.

It consist of 8 Talukas viz. Deogad, Vaibhavwadi, Dodamarg, Kankavali, Malvan, Ukudal, Venjerla and Sawantwadi, carved out of Ratangiri and Kolhapur district.

The average rainfall is very high but almost all the rainwater causes surface run off, due to undulating topography and lack of any water impounding major and medium structures. The irrigated area is only 28% through well and small channels.

The area is largely rural populated with 93% of rural population of the total population of 832000. Apart from tropical fruits like mangoes, cashew, coconut, paddy are the main crops. 75% of total land holding in the district, are held by small and marginal farmers. With 1496 primary schools and 179 secondary schools the district has ranked with one of the very few district of country in achieving 100% literacy. Health care system is augmented by 8 hospitals and 38 primary health centres. Agriculture, fisheries, horticulture and animal husbandry are the main occupation of the people. Fishing is the main occupation of the people of 3 talukas, Diogad, Malvanand Vengurla having 160 Km of cost line. Poultry and goat rearing are the sustenance actively of the poor people.

National Highway 17 passes through this area. With 7 railway stations, a 105 Km stretch of Konkan Railway line passes through this district. It has good road and rail links with Goa and Bombay.

With abundance of natural resources, beautiful seacoast, adequate infrastructure, cent percent literacy and very god law and order situation, this rich area is inhabited by poor people.

A stimulus of newer technologies in the area of fruit processing and research, animal husbandry, irrigation and watershed programmes, fisheries etc. will catalyse the development of this area. Promotion of tourism, rural & cottage industries, handcraft will give a boom to the growth and development of this area.

We have dedicated an entire section on the two districts Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri

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