Maharashtra Governor bats for Madhav Chitale committee report

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said in his directions issued to the state government here today that he expected it to accept the Madhav Chitale committee report on balanced regional development.

The Governor also stated that he expected the state to accept the report's recommendations, including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his (governor's) consideration.

Incidentally, the high level committee was instituted under the chairmanship of the expert Madhavrao Chitale, by the previous Congress-NCP government.

The report of the committee has already been submitted to Maharashtra and is under consideration by the BJP-Shiv Sena led government.

The Governor has directed the state government to frame a policy to purchase land for irrigation projects from the open market in order to expedite projects.

In his directives, Rao said that earlier, there was a policy allowing direct purchase of land, though it was discontinued due to slowing down of land acquisition in backlog districts like Akola, Amravati, Buldhana and Washim.

The Governor has been told that the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) is plagued by a large number of vacancies, which has severely impacted the progress of ongoing projects in these backlog districts.

Therefore, he has directed that the state government shall fill up all existing vacancies in the four backlog districts, by transfers from other regions, fresh recruitments as well as promotions.

He has directed that powers of re-appropriation of funds between projects within the four districts would henceforth lie with the VIDC's Executive Director, and for this purpose, the four backlog districts of Akola, Amravati, Buldhana and Washim should be considered as a single unit.

Meanwhile, the total budgeted funds available to the state for plan expenditure during 2015-16 is estimated to be Rs 54,999 crore.

From the total budgeted fund, a sum of Rs 19,132.39 crore would have to be set up aside for expenditure on schemes and projects, which should benefit the state as a whole, and for schemes, which are "non-divisible".

The remaining Rs 35,866.61 crore is to be distributed among the three development boards as per the Governor's direction.

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