After discussions in her office on February 12, chikkis totalling Rs 75 crore replaced ladus, biscuit contract was limited to Rs 5 crore.
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The new policy would also specify the circumstances and the kind of items that could be purchased under the controversy-riddled method.
Pankaja said there was no question of her favouring any contractor, as the companies in question had been there since the Congress regime.
The complaint alleged that 11 lakh packets of Chikki had been distributed in the market after the state had ordered purchase of this food stuff for tribals.
Munde, who returned from London on Tuesday morning, avoided speaking on the controversy through the day.
Allegations emerged that Pankaja Munde may have interfered with the government’s tendering process for two contracts for water conservation projects in Parbhani district.
The Sena leader also said his party was waiting for the CM’s response over the alleged Rs 206-crore procurement scam related to Women and Child Development Department headed by Minister Pankaja Munde.
When contacted, Tawde confirmed he had given the directive. “The file in this regard was first moved during the erstwhile Congress-NCP regime.
The Fadnavis govt has been hit by first major allegation of a ‘scam’ after Congress accused Pankaja Munde of clearing purchases worth Rs 206 crore on February 13 through 24 Govt Resolutions.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil slammed Fadnavis for defending Pankaja.
While Modi is firefighting charges against Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Lalit Modi controversy and HRD Minister Smriti Irani on her degree, Fadnavis is defending both Tawde and Munde.
It has emerged that the organisation that received the bulk of these contracts, is, in fact, headed by a local Congress leader from Sindhudurg.
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