Maharashtra celebrates 51st anniversary (Lead)

May 1st, 2011 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, May 1 (IANS) Maharashtra Sunday celebrated the 51st anniversary of its formation with a variety of events.

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar greeted the people on the occasion.

Sankaranarayanan inaugurated the official celebrations at the Shivaji Park where he unfurled the tricolour and inspected a guard of honour.

Chavan and his cabinet colleagues were present on the occasion.

Sankaranarayanan highlighted the state’s achievements in different spheres including investment, education, women’s empowerment and sports.

He also stressed the government’s efforts to make Maharashtra self-sufficient in electricity by December 2012.

The government was working to computerise 27,920 village panchayats.

In a separate message, Chavan said the state wanted to have a transparent and dynamic administration.

Maharashtra was formed May 1, 1960 after being carved out of erstwhile Bombay state.

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