"The country is moving ahead on the path of development and Maharashtra will play an important role in the process. In the last few years, climatic conditions that have prevailed in the state have caused distress among farmers. But I wish to tell every farmer that we stand strongly with them in their time of adversity," he said.

The Chief Minister was speaking after unfurling the tricolour at the Mantralaya here on the occasion of 69th Independence Day. Fadnavis stated the state government's flagship water conservation and Integrated water management scheme (Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan) has already benefited around 6,000 villages in Maharashtra and assured that the scheme will cover 20,000 villages within the next five years.

"Farmers want electricity. I assure that every farmer will have electricity by 2016," he said. Fadnavis asserted the government is providing rice at Rs 3 (per kg) and wheat for Rs 2 to around 60 lakh farmers in eight and six districts of drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha region, respectively.

Listing out his government's achievements, Fadnavis said he has tried to bring transparency in the system through Right to Services Act and 'Aaple Sarkar' (state government's website and app to address public grievances while ensuring participative governance). He added he has been able to attract Rs 60,000 crore of investments in his tenure as the Chief Minister.

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