Yavatmal: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said that government would give top
priority to setting up cotton-based industries in Vidarbha.
Chavan, who was on a two-day visit here, said he had come
to take a stock of the problems afflicting the region. "I have
met the ministers, MPs, MLAs and office bearers of the local
self government agencies, and heard them about local
problems," he said at a press conference this morning.
While answering a question as to why the most textile and
sugar cooperative factories promoted by Congress`s local
leaders were defunct, the Chief Minister admitted that
there was a lack of "sincerity and effort" on the part of the
But Chavan denied that leaders set up factories with the
intention of embezzling the public money.
The Chief Minister also admitted that the cooperative
sector in Vidarbha had yet to catch up with that in western
He assured that adequate funds would be earmarked in the
state`s budget for payment of compensation for lands acquired
for irrigation projects in the district.