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RR Patil was behind dispute-free village, cleanliness campaigns

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Mumbai: Apart from Sant Gadgebaba Gram Swachchhta Abhiyan (clean village campaign) and controversial ban on the dance bars, the late RR Patil would also be remembered for the dispute-free village scheme.
The innovative scheme was launched on the Independence Day in 2007 when he was the home minister.

The senior NCP leader passed away at a Mumbai hospital this evening after a long illness.

Patil, with his grasp of the rural social conditions, knew that in villages often petty disputes snowball into big feuds as more people get involved and pose threat to peace and harmony.

The scheme, named after Mahatma Gandhi, introduced alternative dispute resolution system which seeks to prevent the occurrence of disputes and resolve the existing disputes through people’s participation.

Patil was also one of the prime movers of the bill aiming to regulate private money lenders.

He was also the guardian minister of Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district — a responsibility which he himself sought after taking over as the Home Minister — and worked hard to expedite development work in the area.

During his tenure as the Home Minister, the highest number of women were recruited in the police force.

After Congress and NCP were ousted from power in the Assembly polls last year, Patil became group leader of NCP in the House.

In the short first session of the new Assembly, he took the ruling BJP head on; however, due to illness he could not attend the subsequent winter session in Nagpur.

PTI

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