‘There won`t be regional imbalance in development works’
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:01
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today assured the assembly that his government would strive to ensure that there is no regional imbalance in development works and maximum financial assistance is provided to all drought prone areas of the state.

Making a statement in the lower House, Chavan said that his endeavour will be to get maximum Central funds. "We have submitted an annual plan of Rs 33,000 crore for clearance and besides that we are pursuing for additional funds from the Centre," he said.

Earlier, raising a point of order, PWP member Ganpatrao Deshmukh said drought prone areas especially in Western Maharashtra are not getting priority as development funds are moved to Vidarbha and other regions under the statutory development boards.

This was countered by Devendra Phadanvis (BJP) saying that regions like Vidarbha do not wish that drought prone areas of Western Maharashtra be neglected but at the same time the backlog of backward regions of Vidarbha also has to be?removed. The arguments and counter arguments resulted in three adjournments.

After the House re-assembled, Chavan sought to assuage the feelings of the members and said his government would ensure that there is no regional imbalance in development works and all drought prone areas get maximum help.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:01

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