Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday declared a time bound policy package to promote mining, textile, agriculture, irrigation sectors for growth of Vidarbha between 2014 to 2019. Mincing no words to expose how Congress-NCP government in last five decades adopted a partisan politics not only to divert the statutory development funds of Vidarbha to their own constituencies in Western Maharashtra but also worked to thwart the irrigation and agriculture projects in cotton belt.
Citing Adarsh Commission Report on regional imbalance in Vidarbha, he said, “The findings said most crucial posts in key sectors were kept vacant as a result funds allocated remained unused because projects could not complete. And Congress and NCP government would then divert the same funds to their chosen districts.”
Fadnavis warned, “Maharashtra growth is not possible unless we tackle the regional imbalance in region of Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Marathwada.”
Fadnavis substantiated this startling disclosure by stating how between 2008 and 2011 more than Rs 6,000 crore from the plan budget set aside for Vidarbha projects under directives of governor were diverted to handful of constituencies in western Maharashtra. And from non-plan budget Rs 4,214 crore (2010-11) were diverted.
Chief Minister also cited how Rs 9,600 crore were utilized by Congress-NCP in their region more than sanctioned in the budget between 2008-11. Fadnavis pledged his government’s commitment to Vidarbha by pronouncing major time bound policy reforms leading with completion of 102 irrigation projects in the Amravati, Buldhana, Akola, Nagpur by year 2015. And all the ongoing projects which have completed 50 per cent and 75 per cent work would be expedited without having to seek permission for revised estimate committee clearance. A budget of Rs 2,100 crore for revival of the water conservation projects centered around revival of “mal gujari talav” ponds by undertaking the process of de-silting to expand the water storage across Vidarbha.
The national irrigation project Gosikhurd Rs 16,000 crore would be completed by 2017 that would bring 2.5 lakh hectares of land under irrigation. Ten lakh agriculture pump connections within a span of one year and five lakh solar pumps are also high on the agenda.
According to Fadnavis, ” A Rs 500 crore budget would be allocated for the next five years under the umbrella of National Agriculture Scheme.” Apart from strengthening the infrastructure in agriculture complete with new cold storages for crop and seeds, he also announced setting up two hi-tech orange processing units in Amravati and Hinganghat.
While announcing a textile hub at Nandgaon in district Amravati spread over 100 hectares land, he promised employment to 7,500 crore and investment of Rs 2,000 crore in next two years. The project would be on public private partnership with nine major private companies willing to make the investment.
To make the power tariff more competitive with the neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh the government will allow private players to adopt open access policy. The surcharge on power generation would be exempted.
Chief Minister announced a new Nagpur Improvement Trust stating the existing one will not be dissolved. And detail modalities would be worked out. To promote industries in Nagpur, government withdrew the 20 metres restriction around municipal corporation. It will be five metres as applicable in Pune.
Vidarbha funds diverted to Western Maharashtra
Rs 1,819 crore (2008-09)
Rs 2,099 crore (2009-10)
Rs 2084 crore (2010-11)
Funds used in western Maha more than sanctioned
Rs 2,600 crore (2008-09)
Rs 3484 crore (2009-10)
Rs 3621 crore (2010-11)
All the key officers post in water resources department, industries and agriculture et al will be filled. Orders issued and anybody refusing to join would have to face the action.
To promote non-polluting industries government gave permission to allow non-polluting industries within five metres around Nagpur Municipal Corporation. It was 20 meters which dissuaded industries.