New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday night held the first cabinet meeting of the state soon after the oath-taking ceremony and said his government will pay high priority to the farmers of his state. He also said that his government will work to make sure that farmers get the benefits.

The announcement from the new chief minister assumes significance as more than 400 farmers attended the oath-taking ceremony with the objective to highlight their plight.

He also said that the government will not only make announcements but make sure that the money of the schemes reaches the farmers.

“I want to assure the people of the state that we will give a good government. I want to help the farmers in a manner which will make them happy,” he added.

He thanked everyone for their support and cooperation in forming the government and said he is happy to hold the first cabinet meeting of the state.

Making another announcement about a decision that was taken during the meeting, he said his government will reconstruct the Raigad Fort. “In this meeting, I have granted another Rs 20 crores for the project,” he said.

“I am happy to tell you all that the first decision that this cabinet has taken is to approve Rs 20 crores for the development of Raigad Fort which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he added.

Saying that his cabinet will do a reality check of all schemes that have been implemented before, he said his government will take new steps accordingly.

“I have asked officials to provide me with complete information on state and centre schemes for farmers, in the next two days. Once I get all details, I will make a decision accordingly,” he added.

Meanwhile, NCP leader Jayant Patil, who took oath as minister today, said after the first cabinet meeting that along with a coordination committee another external committee will be constituted to guide the government to achieve its goals.

“Within the government, there will be a coordination committee of 6 ministers, including the CM. There will be an external committee which will guide the government so as to achieve its goals,” Patil added.