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No Vendetta Behind Probe into Jalyukt Scheme, Earlier Govt Admitted to Irregularities too: Ajit Pawar

2020-10-16 12:10:44

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday mentioned there was no vendetta behind the choice to launch a probe into the Jalyukt Shivar scheme, and claimed that the water conservation minister within the earlier Devendra Fadnavis authorities had himself admitted to “irregularities” in it. The state authorities had on Wednesday ordered a probe into the challenge and introduced on Thursday {that a} Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) would examine it because the CAG had raised questions on the standard of labor and outcomes achieved.

The BJP has alleged that there was “political vendetta” behind the choice to conduct a probe. The ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan’, a pet challenge of Devendra Fadnavis, was launched in 2014 with the target of creating Maharashtra drought-free by 2019.

“The probe has not been introduced deliberately or out of vendetta. This isn’t deliberate. After the CAG report was mentioned within the cupboard, the chief minister mentioned a probe must be carried out,” Pawar advised reporters right here. He mentioned there was no have to look right into a political angle into the probe being ordered.

“I can recall that the then water conservation minister Tanaji Sawant within the Fadnavis authorities had admitted within the higher home (Legislative Council) about irregularities within the Jalyukt Shivar scheme,” Pawar mentioned. “Carry out the information. It was he who made this sort of assertion and now an inquiry will happen,” Pawar added.

The Jalyukt challenge concerned deepening and widening of streams, building of cement and earthen cease dams, work on nullahs and digging of farm ponds. Shiv Sena, whose president Uddhav Thackeray is now the state chief minister, was additionally part of the Fadnavis-led authorities throughout 2014-2019.

Nonetheless, the Comptroller and Auditor Basic (CAG) in its report submitted to the state legislature final month had noticed that the scheme, below which Rs 9,633.75 crore had been spent, was not a lot efficient. It had little affect in reaching water neutrality and growing the bottom water degree and its execution was characterised by lack of transparency, the CAG had mentioned.

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