To further push policy reforms for greater accountability and transparency, the Maharashtra government is making Maharashtra a leader in the anti-corruption drive.
Sources revealed to The Indian Express, “At internal meetings with the core team of ministers, a clear message not to compromise on welfare reforms at any cost has been delivered.”
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Expressing concern over hardships faced by people following demonetisation of the Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, Fadnavis, who constituted a sub-committee to tackle the problem, said, “Let us take this opportunity to transform Maharashtra as the leader of the anti-corruption crusade.” Policy reforms in key sectors, agriculture, irrigation, revenue, social justice, rural development and public works department are being revised to ensure the results reach the needy. A senior minister said, “The government directives to speed up satellite land mapping was to fix fault lines of land disputes.” Secondly, in the irrigation sector, “It has been categorically conveyed that water management of 3,037 completed projects should be given more impetus to increase irrigation potential. There are still 365 incomplete dam projects.” The policy shift from investing in new projects instead of managing existing infrastructure is also aimed at plugging expenditure leakages. The housing department has been asked to work out reforms using the current development to curtail corruption to help them attain the promise of housing for all by 2019. Though he expressed concern over the inconvenience caused to people following demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, Fadnavis has decided to lead the anti-corruption campaign himself.
His appeal to people is, “Modiji has asked for 50 days. Let us all show solidarity in the fight against corruption. Today, our efforts will bring prosperity to the country for the next 50 years.”
A senior cabinet minister said, “The CM believes people voted BJP to power in 2014 in the state because they wanted to get rid of the corrupt Congress-NCP. The Adarsh Housing, Common Wealth Games, multi-crore irrigation scams had all sullied the image of Maharashtra.”
The Chief Minister said that the government’s decisions like Right to Service Act, Social Boycott Bill, agriculture loan restructuring, water conservation are aimed at weeding out corruption.