<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an interesting move aimed at reaching out to the youth in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will launch ‘Transform Maharashtra’—an initiative to rope in students in preparing a road map for the government’s ambitious plan envisaging a ‘Developed Maharashtra by 2025’.Fadnavis will flag off the programme on Monday at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he will grace the concluding ceremony of its cultural fest ‘Mood Indigo’, as the chief guest.The initiative will seek participation of more than two lakh students from 500 colleges across Maharashtra in addressing 11 crucial issues the state is facing at present—be it bridging digital divide or imparting education to its rural populace. The scheme then seeks to reach out to one crore youth through online/social media, and will provide a platform for Fadnavis to connect with the youth.A top official said, “More than 35 per cent of the population in Maharashtra are in the 16-35 age group, fresh with ideas and suggestions, which can be tapped for the betterment of the state. The move aims to leverage the intellect and energy of this segment.”Fadnavis will interact with the youth on the issues concerning the state at the event. Journalist Arnab Goswami will moderate the event, which will see over 3,500 students from various colleges in attendance. The CM will answer the questions posed on Twitter hashtag #AskMahaCM.This is the first time that the IIT Bombay is hosting the young CM—touted as pro-development and a no-nonsense politician. The government believes that these qualities will help the CM to strike a chord with the youth.The move is viewed as an attempt by the BJP government to woo the educated young voters ahead of the civic polls in Mumbai. This group has been largely apathetic towards party politics, thanks to frustration with the modern day politicos.”The need of the hour is a credible platform for the youth to share their ideas and have a meaningful dialogue with the policy makers. The ‘Transform Maharashtra’ aims to fill this void,” said a highly placed official.Though the BJP government has rolled out a few initiatives targeted at youth since it came to power October 2014—such as internship with the government and rural fellowship—those have had limited impact.On the other hand, Transform Maharashtra is being crowd-sourced by the college students. “We will suggest implementable solutions to 11 critical challenges facing the state, to the government. The students will then volunteer with government departments to drive the change we foresee,” said a member of the Action for Collective Transformation (ACT), which is spearheading the entire plan.ACT is an organisation started by a group of entrepreneurs from IIT, ISB and NIT. Currently, it is working with Government of Maharashtra to improve their strategy, last mile delivery and monitoring of key developmental programmes.#AskMahaCMAll registered students from Maharashtra, including those from Junior Colleges can be part of the initiative by registering themselves at TransformMaharashtra.com. Using hashtag #AskMahaCM you can also pose questions on Twitter.Going by the questions already posed on this hashtag, CM is likely to have a tough time at the event. Sample these:Ankur Chheda: What is more important—Statue of Shivaji Maharaj or livelihood of thousands of fishermen?Anju Chandel: Sir, Shivaji was a great leader and warrior, but why waste money on his statue? Rs3,600 crore could have saved lives of scores of distressed farmers.Prafull Sonawane: Don’t you think Maharashtra should have separate Home Minister considering the growing crime rate?Smita Iris: Although Nagpur is sub-capital of Maharashtra, still not many IT companies are there. When will Nagpur become an IT hub?Samyak Jain: Many of the heritage structures in Mumbai are crumbling. What can be done from the government and the people’s side for the same?


2 lakh students to drive ‘mission Fadnavis’