Delgado Applauds Passage of Ohio Foreclosure Fast Track Bill, Urges Senate to Act

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago On the topic of blight in residential neighborhoods, Ohio-based Safeguard Properties Chairman Robert Klein said, “A vacant and abandoned house is not a bottle of wine. It doesn’t get better with age.”The state of Ohio is taking steps to remedy the vacant and abandoned property crisis, however, and the rest of the country may follow suit. A bill that would reduce foreclosure timelines and therefore shorten the amount of time that residential properties remain vacant in Ohio passed by a unanimous 88-0 vote in the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this week.Ohio HB 134 is the second attempt at passing a “fast track foreclosure” bill in the state of Ohio in order to expedite the residential foreclosure process after a similar bill failed last year in the Ohio Senate. Just as Ohio HB 134 did on Tuesday, the previous bill passed unanimously in the state’s House last year. The legislation, if it passes in the Ohio Senate, would reduce the lengthy foreclosure process in Ohio from its current timeline of two to three years or longer down to as low as six months in many cases.For the mortgage industry, the passage of Ohio HB 134 represents a step toward solving what Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado termed a “community crisis of national proportion.”“I applaud the Ohio House of Representatives for passing this bill, and I am pleased that it received such overwhelming support,” Delgado said. “Reducing the amount of time that properties are vacant will ultimately eliminate neighborhood blight and prevent the calamities that often accompany it, such as vandalism, violent sexual assault, drugs, prostitution, and overall deterioration of communities. This bill will take steps to ensure that these magnets for crime will be more quickly rehabilitated and promote the safety of neighborhoods across the state. I urge the Ohio Senate to act quickly in passing this bill.”Ohio State Rep. Cheryl Grossman, a joint sponsor of Ohio HB 134, stated, “To be able to shorten this process from two to three years down to six months benefits everyone. I think it will have a huge impact. This is something that’s not unique to one area of the state. There are problems throughout the state and throughout our country on what falls in this category. What we can do to respect the homeowners that are maintaining their properties and being responsible and not have to have a boarded-up house next to them, that is huge.”“A vacant and abandoned house is not a bottle of wine. It doesn’t get better with age.”Robert Klein, Chairman, Safeguard Properties The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fast track foreclosure bill Ohio Safeguard Properties Vacant and Abandoned Properties 2015-11-18 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: CoreLogic Unveils Enhanced Home Equity Data Offerings Next: Fed Reform, Mortgage Access Bills Under Threat of Veto from the White House in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Tagged with: Fast track foreclosure bill Ohio Safeguard Properties Vacant and Abandoned Properties Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The bill now moves on to the Ohio Senate, where it ran into problems last year. But Ohio HB 134 has some strong backing that may give the bill the lift it needs in order to pass the Senate and become law.“We know the people in the Senate who are very involved in this project, including the Governor’s office, and we’re going to keep pushing to make this thing pass,” Grossman said. “I feel pretty confident that once it passes in Ohio, other states will pick up on it.The idea for the bill was first proposed by Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer, and Ohio HB 223 was introduced to the Ohio Senate in June 2013 by Grossman, a Republican, and Ohio State Rep. Michael Curtin, a Democrat. The bill passed unanimously in the Ohio House in April 2014, but then an amended version of the bill failed to make it out of the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee when it was introduced there eight months later in December. A new version of the bill, Ohio HB 134, was introduced earlier this year by the same two joint sponsors, Grossman and Curtin.The changes to Ohio HB 134 from the bill that did not pass in the Ohio Senate last year include:additional criteria defining a property as vacant and abandoned (three things from a checklist instead of two);a high burden of proof (clear and convincing evidence) that the criteria for defining a property as vacant and abandoned are met;a requirement that the mortgagor must be in monetary fault, along with a burden of proof;a statement that if another mortgagee or defendant has filed an answer or objection, it will preclude the expedited foreclosure;allowing the purchaser to file a motion with the court to proceed with the transfer of the property title if the deed is not prepared within 14 days, and the recording of the court order or confirmation of sale can act as the transfer of title (the previous bill allowed only the recording of the court order to act as transfer of title without first going through the court motion process;and a requirement that the officer record the deed within 14 days after the confirmation of sale and payment of the balance due, not one or the other.“This preserves the original intent of the bill to allow for an expedited process to foreclose on vacant and abandoned homes while not impeding the homeowners’ rights,” Grossman said. “It also allows second and subsequent attempts at sheriffs sales to be conducted without a minimum bid. This will aid in selling more foreclosed homes to reduce the number of empty houses in our neighborhoods, greatly preventing and reducing the number of blighted homes.”If Ohio HB 134 passes in the Ohio Senate, Ohio would be the eighth state since 2009 to pass a fast track foreclosure law. The others are Michigan, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey, and Nevada. As is the case in Ohio, the majority of these are judicial foreclosure states, meaning the foreclosure process must pass through the courts to be complete; the only one of the aforementioned states where the foreclosure process is completely non-judicial is Michigan.Ohio’s bill raises the possibility of fast track foreclosure legislation at the national level. Delgado, who spoke on the topic of finding solutions for neighborhood blight and vacant properties at the National Property Preservation Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, called Ohio HB 134 “an important template toward the introduction of a national course of solution for vacant and abandoned properties.”“This is the first bill that actually details that once you get a property that is vacant and abandoned, it will be fast-tracked to about six months on the foreclosure,” Klein said. “That is going to have a tremendous, tremendous impact on vacant and blighted properties. We still have a way to go, but this is definitely the first push. The sooner we get this bill passed in the Ohio Senate, I think it will have an impact on community blight on a national scale.” Delgado Applauds Passage of Ohio Foreclosure Fast Track Bill, Urges Senate to Actcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post November 18, 2015 2,324 Views Home / Daily Dose / Delgado Applauds Passage of Ohio Foreclosure Fast Track Bill, Urges Senate to Act Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

North Kalimantan indigenous communities awarded UN prize for environmental conservation

first_imgThe alliance, known locally as FoMMA, comprises 11 local indigenous groups that are spread across an area of around 20,000 square kilometers. It successfully advocated for the first comanagement arrangement for a national park in Indonesia, where government and indigenous people collaborated in resource management and access as well as use rights.According to a statement from UNDP Indonesia, as a winner, FoMMA will receive a US$10,000 prize and the opportunity to join a series of special events associated with the UN General Assembly, the UN Nature Summit and the Global Climate Week in late September.The group, alongside other winners, will join a network of 245 communities from 81 countries that have received the Equator Prize since its inception in 2002.This year marked the eleventh cycle of the UNDP Equator Prize and focused on the theme “Nature for Life”. The award recognizes 10 local and indigenous communities from across the world for their innovative initiatives that demonstrate exceptional achievements in the area of nature-based solutions for local sustainable development, the UNDP said on its official website. An alliance of indigenous communities in North Kalimantan has received a prestigious award from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for its dedication to environmental conservation.The UN body named the group, Forum Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang (Assembly Forum of the Kayan Mentarang National Park Indigenous People), as one of the recipients of the 2020 Equator Prize – an award given to communities that have made tremendous contributions to environmental protection.The announcement coincided with the commemoration of World Environment Day observed every June 5. Read also: COVID-19 won’t stop Indonesia from conserving endangered wildlife treasuresThis year’s winners come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico and Thailand. This year was the first time the Equator Prize had been be awarded to groups from Canada and Myanmar.“As our natural world faces a range of unprecedented challenges, the Equator Prize lifts the curtain on a range of exceptional nature-based solutions pioneered by local communities and indigenous peoples,” UNDP administrator Achim Steiner said, as quoted in the statement.“Indeed, as countries move to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, these innovative ways to protect ecosystems, biodiversity and tackle climate change are more important than ever – I expect that the incredible efforts of the Equator Prize winners will have a ripple effect across the world.”The Equator Prize has been supported by notable world figures, including Nobel Prize winners Al Gore and Elinor Ostrom, thought leaders Jane Goodall and Jeffrey Sachs and celebrities such as Edward Norton, Alec Baldwin and Gisele Bündchen, the statement read.This year, the winners were selected from a pool of 583 nominations from more than 120 countries by an independent technical advisory committee of internationally renowned experts. The selection was based on community-based approaches that provide a blueprint for replication and scaling solutions to address the world’s biodiversity crisis, UNDP Indonesia said in the statement.FoMMA is not the first Indonesian groups to win the award. In 2019, Indonesia’s Dayak Iban Sungai Utik Long House from West Kalimantan won the Equator Prize for successfully conserving about 9,500 hectares of land near the source of the Utik River in the province.Four years earlier, the Dayak Benuaq tribe from Muara Tae village in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, also won the 2015 Equator Prize Award for protecting its forests from the encroachment of palm oil companies and coal mining firms.Topics :last_img read more

Canada ranks worst in elderly care home coronavirus deaths: Study

first_imgCanada ranks worst among 16 OECD countries for its high number of coronavirus-related deaths in elderly care homes, according to a Canadian Institute for Health Information report released Thursday.Eighty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada were recorded in long-term care homes, according to an analysis by the government agency.This is significantly higher than the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 42 percent. Conversely, Canada — like France, Spain and the United States — took more limited measures, according to the study.”This report confirms what we all suspected: Canada is not taking care of our seniors as it should be,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling on the provinces to do more to remedy this situation.The Canadian army had to be called in to care for seniors at long-term care facilities in Quebec and Ontario due to a chronic shortage of staff, which was worsened by the pandemic.The report notes that the proportion of seniors aged 65 years and up living in care homes in Canada is higher than the OECD average, and they tend to be older on average too.Canada also had fewer nurses and personal support workers per 100 senior residents relative to other countries.The report’s authors stressed the different testing and reporting standards across countries, as well as different definitions of long-term care homes, making direct comparisons difficult. Canada also ranks last behind Spain (66 percent), Israel and Norway (58 percent), Ireland (56 percent), Belgium (50 percent), France (48 percent) and the United States (31 percent).Canada has had a “relatively low” overall COVID-19 mortality rate compared to other OECD countries. However, the proportion of deaths in long-term care, which includes retirement homes, is “double the OECD average”, according to data collected from 17 countries as of May 25.Australia, Austria and Slovenia, which implemented “specific prevention measures” targeted at elderly care homes, including segregating units and wide screening for the illness, have registered “fewer COVID-19 infections and deaths.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Clippers, Patrick Beverley to host Rockets in rematch of last week’s showdown

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Hell no,” the 6-foot-1 Beverley said after stuffing the box score with a remarkable 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots in the Clippers’ 107-104 overtime victory against Boston.“I can go out there and be Pat. You like me, you love me, I really don’t care. I’m here trying to win basketball games, man.”Besides, L.A. basketball fans might recall another of Beverley’s pearls last season, after the Clippers defeated the Lakers to all but eliminate them from playoff consideration: “Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t.”And last week, the numbers provided by the NBA’s player tracking data, did not support Westbrook’s account.Harden scored only four points when Beverley was defending him, and those came at the free-throw line. Otherwise, the league’s top scorer (38.4 points per game) was 0 for 4 while Beverley was stuck on his hip, harassing him and making his rush. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Moreover, according to the basketball writer Kirk Goldsberry, formerly the vice president for strategic research for the San Antonio Spurs, Beverley rates as the top Harden defender over the past two seasons out of 54 players with at least 35 matchups against the Beard.Harden averaged only 11.1 points per 100 matchups with Beverley guarding him. Zach LaVine was the second-most effective, according to Goldsberry, giving up 14 points, followed by Wes Matthews (17.1), Dorian Finney-Smith (21.8) and David Nwaba (23.4).That aligns with another of Beverley’s proclamations: Defense, it’s what the Clippers intend to “hold our hat on.” The Houston Rockets will be in L.A. on Friday night for a rematch of a wild one last week in Texas, where there were five technical fouls, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was ejected (to the delight of his son Austin, the former Clipper and current Rocket), and the Clippers lost 102-93 on the eve of Paul George’s Clippers debut.Afterward, James Harden’s new Houston co-star Russell Westbrook made some pointed comments about his personal nemesis, Patrick Beverley: “Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense,” Westbrook told reporters in Texas. “He don’t guard nobody, man. It’s just running around, doing nothing.”As evidence, Westbrook cited Harden’s scoring tally in the 102-93 victory: “All that commotion to get 47.”Beverley – who began this season talking at media day about exercising restraint: “You guys want me to be this guy in the corner … acting crazy, but I’m trying to harness that” – declined to respond to Westbrook’s jab either after the game on Nov. 13 or on Wednesday night, when he was asked about whether such remarks might serve as bulletin board motivation. Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 BEVERLEY GETS WARNINGThe NBA announced Thursday that Beverley was given a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule in the Clippers’ victory on Wednesday, when Jayson Tatum’s right hand appeared to graze the Clipper guard’s face as Tatum began to drive toward the basket with five minutes to go in the third quarter.Beverley yelled out and collapsed dramatically on the sideline in front of the Celtics’ bench – and drew an offensive foul on Tatum for his effort.Beverley received a similar warning from the league last season, cautioned for embellishing a push by Iman Shumpert during a January game against the Sacramento Kings. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce holds grand opening of new office

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce holds grand opening.Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held its grand opening of its new office complex at Memorial Auditorium at 208 North Washington.The public was invited to a reception and tour of the new facilities that once was the location for the Wellington Fitness Center.The full story of the move from 207 S. Washington to Memorial can be found here. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Johannesburg and Cape Town: Africa’s Emerging Gateways

first_imgGlobal cities are the new centres of innovation and prosperity. Magnets for talent and drivers of growth. New research by the Brookings Institution rates Johannesburg and Cape Town as Emerging Gateway cities.Cape Town is rated highest in the tertairy research sector of 28 global Emerging Gateway cities. (Image: Brand South Africa)Sulaiman PhilipThe world is becoming more urbanised. Cities are becoming more important than nations in the global economy. They are hubs of economic growth, innovation and a magnet for talent. The world’s largest 123 metros generate 80% of global gross domestic product and are home to more than half of the world’s population.Today there are 123 metro economies that are considered global cities. In Africa, according to research conducted by American research group Brookings Institution, Johannesburg and Cape Town are Emerging Gateway global cities.The challenge for cities hoping to break into the top 20 (the Brookings research defines seven types of global cities: Global Giants, Asian Anchors, Emerging Gateways, Factory China, Knowledge Capitals, American Middleweights and International Middleweights) is whether they can develop, and how quickly, adequate infrastructure. While this new research confirms the importance of cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong, it gives smaller cities a view of solutions to speed up their growth.When the institute talks about infrastructure it refers to everything from roads and bridges to employment opportunities, from the quality of its academic institutions to a relatively non-corrupt judicial system. For now, the global economy is controlled by the historically strong but the future belongs to the most savvy and efficient.While South Africa as a whole flirts with a ratings downgrade, the City of Johannesburg has a Baa2 rating from Moody’s – equivalent to a sovereign rating, the highest rating that can be achieved by institutions in South Africa.Johannesburg is the continent’s economic hub, and is vitally important to the economies of South Africa and the continent. And, while the South African cities score low in economic measures against the 28 other Emerging Gateway cities, they are rated first (Cape Town) and second in the quality of tertiary research.Despite the challenge of a fast urbanizing population, Johannesburg remains the economic capital of Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)This weighting is important. Traditionally, global cities were defined by their location and how this affected the growth of manufacturing, trade and government administration. The growth of digital technology and how it has changed the face of business, especially the financial and tech industries, was meant to change the rankings.Instead, what has happened is that traditionally important cities have evolved to embrace technology, which has changed the face of these cities. Global cities and the cities that want to join the top ranked are attractive to talented, highly skilled workforce enticed by social, physical and digital infrastructure.The future is…We are in a time of “too slow growth for too long” – a phrase coined by the International Monetary Fund – so it matters that economists, governments, and investors have a better understanding of how cities feed the global economy.Urbanisation has changed the economics of cities. There are no longer just a few traditional financial powerhouses. Today this web of cities is responsible for the flow of goods, services, people, capital and ideas. This complex global network creates local and international growth and opportunity.A study by global professional services firm Deloitte this year explained that successful global cities were defined by the diversity of their population, had a highly skilled workforce and used “small world” networks to mentor leaders of tomorrow.Quoted in the Deloitte report, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of the hazard of trying to grow too fast without a vision for the future. Newly “global cities” needed to steer clear of the temptation of building growth simply by attracting business through tax breaks and subsidies. “For cities to have sustained success they must compete for the grand prize: intellectual capital and talent.”Seven types of global citiesBrookings researchers were compelled to find a new way to define global cities. Some cities of importance are more equal than others. In response to their findings they grouped the world’s largest metropolises into seven clusters.By measuring economic characteristics, industrial structure and competitiveness factors, they provide lower ranked cities with a roadmap for future development. Researchers looked at:Tradable clusters: these are critical drivers of prosperity and competitiveness and are, typically, heritage industries that are global traders. Among the markers are greenfield foreign direct investment, productivity in the city versus a nationwide measure.Innovation: innovation affects a region’s ability to develop new businesses and maintain competitiveness. The impact of research universities is highly important.Talent: human capital is critically important to raising income through increased productivity, which drives growth.Infrastructure connectivity: firms that rely on global access – physically and digitally – can grow only if the infrastructure exists that allows them to.Emerging Gateway cities are business and transportation entry points for national and regional markets. Cape Town and Johannesburg are defined as cities that have grown to reach middle income status, but lag in key competitive elements.For investment banks such as JP Morgan, part funder of the study, this information provides them with the microscope to better understand the way global cities and their economies evolve. Economists are beginning to consider global cities as new countries. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development holds the view that they are “the most relevant level of governance, small enough to react swiftly and responsively to issues and large enough to hold economic and political power”.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 7, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 12-7-17Very cold air is in over the state today, and it will produce some snow. Lake effect snows will be seen today in far northeast parts of the state and just inland off the south shore of Lake Erie. In addition, we do see clouds and a little moisture setting up in far southern OH, south of US 50, and that can bring some minor snows as well. Accumulations over a dusting are not expected south (we even can see a bit of rain trying to mix in in spots), but we can see the lake snows bring slightly better snow potential.For the weekend, a reinforcing shot of cold air is coming and we have a quick moving clipper like system that brings snows for Saturday. The lakes will enhance some of the snow up north, but we think there is potential for a coating to an inch over about 50% of the state on more insulated surfaces. If we include areas that just see snowflakes through the day, coverage of this event can increase to 70%. This is not a big snow accumulation event, but the chances of snow look better. We see better sun chances on Sunday, and it will not be as cold.Snows are back on Monday. The northern half of the state sees better snow chances in our forecast this morning. In fact, if the current moisture projections hold, we could see several inches in spots from I-70 northward next week. We will put potential snow totals out tomorrow for the event. Coverage will be nearly 80% of areas from I-70 northward on Monday. Then Monday night through Tuesday, we see the snow intensity drop, but coverage expands to nearly 75% of the state seeing some kind of snowflake action for the period through Tuesday.Scattered snow showers will be around with no more than 30-40% daily coverage each day from late Wednesday through Friday. This is just a cold pattern, and the cold is leading to better chances of light snow. Still, we don’t think we are looking at major snow piling up over the next 10 days. The map above is cumulative snow total potential over the coming 10 days. These kinds of totals mean that the snow will be very gradual through the period. We see scattered little bits of action here and there, more nuisance than anything else but it adds up. Temps will remain normal to well below normal through the coming 10 day period.In the extended period, we still see nothing spectacular until we get closer to the 18th and 19th.last_img read more

Vikhe-Patil dumps Congress to join Cabinet; State gets 13 new ministers

first_imgThe much-anticipated third expansion of the Maharashtra Cabinet took place on Sunday, with eight Cabinet and five Ministers of State (MoS) sworn in. The Assembly polls are set to be held within the next four months.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have elected a new team, considering certain criteria such as regional balance and performance. We have given opportunity to new faces, and no minister from the previous team has been removed over allegations of corruption or non-performance.” Of the 13, eight are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from the Shiv Sena and one from the Republican Party of India (Athawale).As the new ministers were sworn in, six others submitted their resignations to Mr. Fadnavis, including three Cabinet ministers: Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole and Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra. The three Ministers of State who resigned are Dilip Kamble, MoS for Social Justice and Special Assistance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Minority Welfare; Pravin Pote, MoS for Industries, Mining, Environment and Public Works Department; and Raje Ambreeshrao Atram, MoS for Tribal Welfare.Mr. Fadnavis is the first Maharashtra Chief Minister to have inducted two Leaders of Opposition (LoP) in his Cabinet. Former Congressman and LoP in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil was the first to be sworn in to the Cabinet on Sunday. In the second expansion, Shiv Sena leader and former LoP Eknath Shinde had been inducted into the Cabinet after the Sena decided to support the government.After taking oath as minister, Mr. Vikhe-Patil said he performed his duties as LoP with due diligence and honesty, and will do the same with the duties bestowed upon him by Mr. Fadnavis. “Constructive work for society can be done only after joining the government,” he said. When asked about the allegations of corruption he had levelled against Mr. Fadnavis, he said inquiries were ordered after his allegations, and will continue. While Mr. Vikhe-Patil, who was sworn in from the BJP’s quota, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jaydutta Kshirsagar was inducted as a cabinet minister from the Sena. Mr. Kshirsagar, who quit the NCP during the Lok Sabha election campaign, was the minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the Congress-NCP government from 2009-14. The Sena’s second pick, first-time MLC Tanaji Savant, was a surprise entrant in the Cabinet.BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar was also inducted as Cabinet minister. Mr. Shelar is a former president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, and was rewarded for his contribution to the party’s growth in Mumbai. The BJP increased its tally in the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation from 33 to 83 in the 2017 civic polls. The other Cabinet ministers sworn in include Suresh Khade from Sangli district, where the party is aiming to consolidate its base during the Assembly polls. Sanjay Kute, Dr. Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike from Vidarbha’s Buldhana, Amaravati and Yavatmal districts respectively have been given a Cabinet portfolio for the first time. Those inducted as Ministers of State include RPI leader Avinash Mahatekar; BJP MLA from Charkop Yogesh Sagar; BJP MLA from Maval Sanjay alias Bala Bhegade; BJP MLA from Aurangabad Atul Save; and Parinay Fuke, BJP MLC and a close confidant of Mr. Fadnavis.last_img read more