The state cabinet today decided to conduct an open inquiry into the Jalayukta Shivar Yojana through SIT. This decision is considered to be a big blow to the BJP and Devendra Fadnavis given by the Mahavikas Aghadi government. Because Jalayukta Shivar Yojana was Fadnavis’ dream project, especially since Prime Minister Narendra Modi had publicly praised Fadnavis for this scheme. But the state government has decided to conduct a SIT inquiry into the scheme.
The original objective of the Jalayukta Shivar Yojana was to increase the ground water level. However, the water level did not rise despite huge funds being spent. The CAG had taken serious action against it. On the basis of the same CAG report, the Cabinet today decided to probe the scheme, Water Supply Minister Gulabrao Patil said.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, discussed the CAG report in detail. The Cabinet unanimously decided to hold an open inquiry into the report and the complaints received by the government.
However, the BJP has criticized the decision. The Jalyukat Shivar Yojana was a mass movement for the farmers of the entire state. The scheme reached out to the villages with the participation of the people. The labor done by the farmers, laborers, laborers in this scheme is immense. Will you investigate the labor of these workers? BJP MLA Adv. Performed by Ashish Shelar.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Praveen Darekar has reacted cautiously to the decision. He said the government had the right to investigate if the CAG had tampered with the plan. Darekar also said that there was no reason for the BJP to be upset with the government’s decision and that Fadnavis was not afraid of rounds of inquiries.
9,644 crore in ‘water’
The then Fadnavis government spent Rs 9,644 crore on the Jalayukta Shivar Yojana.
The purpose of the scheme was to increase the ground water level. However, the water level did not rise as expected in many areas.
– The CAG has also concluded that the need for drinking water has been met in the villages where this campaign has been implemented.
– Tankers are running to meet the drinking water needs of the campaign village. This has been pointed out by the CAG.
– No procedure was followed to check the quality of the scheme. Works in Nagar, Beed, Buldhana and Solapur are not done properly, but Rs 2617 crore was spent.
Mumbai Bank fraud probe will be speeded up
The probe into the Mumbai Bank scam was ordered by the state government two weeks ago. A three-member committee has also been appointed for this. The loss of Rs 48 crore to the bank as well as loan disbursement will be investigated and this was discussed in the cabinet meeting today. So this inquiry is now likely to gain momentum.
BJP should not be afraid
BJP should not be afraid, said Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil. If the CAG does not investigate despite serious allegations, the public will ask us for an answer. Therefore, there was a discussion in the cabinet meeting that an open inquiry should be held and a decision was taken accordingly, said Patil.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said that the inquiry would be held as per the existing laws.