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Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | October 15, 2020 4:26:59 am Uddhav Thackeray, Devendra Fadnavis.The political tussle between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities and the BJP in Maharashtra has culminated within the Uddhav Thackeray-led authorities deciding to conduct an inquiry into the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan, which was a pet mission launched by former chief minister and now Opposition chief Devendra Fadnavis. The state cupboard chaired by Thackeray on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the inquiry.
An announcement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) mentioned the choice for an open inquiry into the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan was taken after contemplating the vital points raised by the CAG in its report on the standard of labor, price and its impression.
“There was a discussion in the state cabinet on the scheme and it was unanimously decided to conduct an open inquiry considering the CAG report and the complaints received by the government,” mentioned the assertion.
The scheme, a private favorite of Fadnavis, was launched in December 2014, with the objective of creating Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. An annual goal of drought-proofing 5,000 villages was undertaken.
The inquiry has been ordered a month after the CAG’s report was tabled within the state legislature. The CAG said that “despite spending Rs 9,633.75 crore, the ‘abhiyan’ (mission) had little impact in achieving water neutrality and increasing groundwater level”. The report additional mentioned there was “lack of transparency” within the execution of works and insufficient monitoring by the state water conservation division.
According to the report, the scheme catered to 22,586
villages and 6.41 lakh works have been undertaken in all. Of these, 98 per cent or 6.three lakh works have been accomplished at a price of Rs 9,633.75 crore. The mission concerned deepening and widening of streams, development of cement and earthen cease dams, work on nullahs and digging of farm ponds.
Minister for Water Conservation Shankararao Gadakh mentioned, “There are around 700 complaints about the works of Jalyukt Shivar and complaints are still coming alleging large-scale corruption in the scheme. The inquiry will be conducted into the CAG report and all these complaints that have been received by the government.”
Gadakh mentioned the main points of how the probe can be carried out can be labored out within the subsequent few days.
Irrigation Minister Jayant Patil mentioned there have been irregularities and sub-standard work was carried out within the scheme. “On top of it, the CAG highlighted certain lacunas and raised objections on it. The cabinet considered all these aspects and the decision was taken to conduct an open inquiry,” mentioned Patil.
However, former BJP minister and MLA Ashish Shelar mentioned the federal government’s resolution to probe Jalyukt Shivar is an insult to the immense contribution made by a number of lakh individuals throughout the agricultural and concrete belt to make Maharashtra drought-free. “The government decision smacks of political vendetta against the good work done during former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ regime to fight water crisis across 25,000 severely drought-hit villages in the state,” mentioned Shelar, including the occasion was assured the investigation can be a slap on the MVA when the ultimate report comes out.
On the query that politics is being performed on it, Patil mentioned, “The inquiry has nothing to do with politics. The CAG has highlighted wrongdoings and its objections are very serious. We need to conduct an inquiry into the CAG’s objections and the inquiry is about the sub-standard work and corruption in the scheme. The BJP should not fear.”
The cupboard on Wednesday additionally took a call to cancel the August 14, 2019 resolution of making a brand new division as state election division and determined to think about the workplace of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) as a department of General Administration Department. Officials mentioned the Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed the creation of recent posts within the CEO’s workplace however there have been no directions for creation of a brand new division. So, it was determined to revoke the August 2019 resolution, mentioned an official.
The cupboard additionally cleared a proposal to launch grants to 4,582 faculties a few of which have been initially authorised on a everlasting non-grant foundation. A complete of two,165 faculties will get 20 per cent grant whereas one other 2,417 faculties, which had beforehand acquired 20 per cent grant, would get a further 20 per cent.
The Congress-led School Education division had in August tabled a proposal for offering grants price to Rs 346 crore for these faculties however the proposal was stalled. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to hitch our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the newest headlines For all the newest India News, obtain Indian Express App. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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