Vidarbha case is stronger than Telangana: Planning commission and CAG report justify the Vidarbha Statehood
The central Govt.’s green signal to the formation of “Telangana”, has forced UPA chief to look at the millions of dying farmers and tribal of vidarbha the region which was merged with
Now most of CONG-NCP M.P.s and M.L.A.s are supporting the demand of vidarbha statehood and BJP, The who betrayed vidarbha people when NDA reconstituted states now supporting the demand hence with such political support, UPA should give green signal to vidarbha as Maharashtra assembly too has passed resolution of that effect long back, urged Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan samiti in letter to UPA chief Smt.Sonia Gandhi.
The letter further throw light on the facts that The Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh asked Planning Commission should study the facts related to unjust with vidarbha and
Planning Commission set up a Fact Finding Team on March 2nd 2006, to study the long term causes for rural distress and to suggest measures and alternatives to meeting the imbalance in investment in backward areas of
The Planning Commission Fact Finding Team felt there was inadequate explanation for “this lackadaisical attitude in implementation of projects for Vidarbha and that there was ample reason to suspect collusion and connivance in not sanctioning the funds for the region and later to move for supplementary budgets, mostly for irrigation in Western Maharashtra.”
The history of implementation of the allocations since 2000, when the first allocations were indicated, shows that “the State has traditionally surrendered the provisions for Vidarbha, while, paradoxically, bulk of the State’s power requirements are drawn from this region. Even the need to provide energy for giving power to pump sets has not lead to a system of prioritization. While
Information received from the Government of Maharashtra, Office of the Governor and the Statutory Development Board indicate that the implementation of the directives issued by the Governor of Maharashtra has not been satisfactory. The amount allocated by the Governor for the Irrigation sector and the expenditure reported by the State Government for the Annual Plans 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 shows that “while there was shortfall in expenditure to the tune of Rs.2528.21 crore for Vidarbha, Rs.1147.65 crore for Marathwada for the three Annual Plans taken together, the rest of Maharashtra region recorded an excess expenditure of Rs.1585.67 crore.”
As regards inclusion of allocations made by the Governor in the Annual Financial Statement, the State Government has included those outlays as a one page annexure in the Annual Financial Statements. However, “the allocations made by the Governor have not been shown separately under the relevant heads of expenditure. Actual expenditure against allocation is likely to stay questionable as evidenced from previous track record of lack of effective monitoring and implementation systems; and lack of monitoring of implementation in identified sectors.”
As regards backlog, with special reference to implementation of projects for irrigation in Vidarbha, “the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister felt that the needs of Vidarbha area can be met only by augmenting the flow of funds through Central grants….. Their desire is to expand the irrigation capacity in western
VJAS letter has given the details of CAG Report (2006-07) that also explosive, here are facts:
Besides the Planning Commission’s above detailed report, CAG Report 2006-07 brings out that “Western Maharashtra (WM) benefited as the Vidarbha’s backlog piled up. The diversion of funds to the influential WM and northern parts of state, ducking Governor’s directives has led to irreversible regional balance. Vidarbha has been robbed of 70% of its funds”. Provision for irrigation made by the Governor was Rs.3119.79 crore but government allotted only Rs.1391.58 crore that resulted in a backlog of Rs.2528 crore.
Government subsidies have also been monopolized by the State’s powerful sugar lobby. Subsidies running into crores of rupees amounting to Rs.800 crores have been given to sugar factories and extended benefit of zero interest. Purchase tax of $ 63 million was waived for sugar factories and $ 212 million provided for buffer stock transport subsidies.
“3.2 million Vidarbha farmers consume 11. % of total electricity while sugarcane belt of
VJAS has drawn the attention of UPA chief toward the apathy of Maharashtra Govt. to follow-up the Maharashtra Governor’s Directive, here are the details besides these two Reports, the Maharashtra Governor’s 38 pages Directive of 27th May 2009 under Article 371(2) of the Constitution regarding the irrigation sector laid on the table of Maharashtra Assembly in the Budget session is proof enough to confirm what Planning Commission and CAG Reports brought out in the their Reports. The Governor’s Directive has specifically instructed the Maha-govt. not to divert or deviate from the allocation made for irrigation. If such a diversion is noticed, the responsibility be fixed and reported to Governor. The Directive also makes the Planning Department responsible to Monitor this and send Quarterly Report to him. In addition, on the pattern of Krishna Khore, other basins benefiting Vidarbha and other areas should be developed. To check the government of Maharashtra to use all public debt for completing the irrigation projects of
“These two Reports and Governor’s Directive have unequivocally brought out that there is no political will on the part of influential leaders of
“We have very strong case than Telangana hence vidarbha state is must” Tiwari added.