After ordering a stay on the construction of a Metro car shed at Aarey Colony in Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has now ordered a review of all the decisions taken by the Devendra Fadnavis regime in the last six months.
Sources said that Uddhav has passed on order to look into major policies, contracts, tenders and financial decisions taken by his predecessor during the period.
Uddhav, after assuming charge as the chief minister at the state secretariat on Friday, had ordered a stay on the construction of the car shed at Aarey. “Not a single leaf of a tree can be cut until a review is done and further course of action decided,” he had said.
Orders regarding review of all files approved in the final six months of the Fadnavis regime were also issued on Friday, said sources. “All department secretaries have been asked to submit files cleared during to the period to the chief minister’s office (CMO),” said a senior official. Sources added that there was a last minute spurt in clearing files at the fag end of the previous government’s term.
Uddhav, during his first interaction with department secretaries on Friday, had indicated that while he did not wish to disturb the continuity in the decision-making process, he won’t tolerate the submission of “dubious” files.
On September 3, the Fadnavis cabinet had cleared a Rs 13,000-crore guarantee to the 701-km Mumbai-Nagpur expressway project or Samruddhi Corridor, despite objections by the state finance department. Following the change of guard, this decision will now be reviewed, said officials. The previous regime has promoted the Rs 55,335-crore expressway as Fadnavis’ pet project.
Clearance granted to a host of irrigation projects just before the elections is also under review, said officials.
Meanwhile, the state general administration department on Saturday issued orders for the posting of some senior officials and clerks on a temporary basis in the new CMO.
“The CM is yet to handpick his own team of bureaucrats, staff for the CMO. It was felt necessary to make some temporary postings in the interim,” a senior official said. Ironically, most of the employees who have been deployed were a part of Fadnavis’ CMO.