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The appointment of MLAs to head Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana panels

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | March 26, 2011 1:33:05 am

The appointment of MLAs to head Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana (SGNY) panels,release of funds for development works in constituencies of Opposition members and suspension of nine Opposition MLAs have led to the deadlock in the legislature.

The SGNY that provides financial aid to economically weaker sections,wherein the monthly sustenance allowance ranges from Rs 250 to Rs 625,is implemented by the tehsildar. Traditionally,the beneficiaries are identified by the local MLA of the ruling party heading the SGNY panel. Even during Sena-BJP regime,the ruling MLAs headed these panels.

The Congress-NCP government continued the tradition till 2009,when it decided to replace the ruling party MLA with a “social worker” of eminence,usually an aide of the local ruling party MLA. The Opposition is demanding that the local MLA,irrespective of his party,should be appointed as the SGNY panel head.

The Opposition had raised the issue in the winter session of legislature and Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil had asked the government to make its stand clear within two days,but nothing happened.

The demand for special fund refers to about Rs 75 crore (of the total budget of nearly Rs 41,000 crore per annum for development works in the state),which is listed under budget head 25:15 and is usually used for development works carried out by Rural and Urban Development Departments. The fund has been used by the ruling party in general and at the discretion of the finance minister. The Opposition MLAs have demanded that it be allotted for development in their constituencies.

The Opposition also demanded the withdrawal of suspension of nine MLAs — Vinod Ghosalkar,Vijay Shivtare,Eknath Shinde,Pratap Sarnaik and Ravindra Waikar (all Sena) and Harish Pimpale,Vijaykumar Deshmukh,Girish Mahajan and Sardar Tara Singh (all BJP).

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