Nagpur: Shifting Maharashtra secretariat to Nagpur for one month every year and giving priority to completing irrigation projects in Vidarbha are some of the key recommendations made by a committee which studied the developmental imbalance in various regions of the state.
The state government-appointed committee was headed by Vijay Kelkar, a noted economist and a former Union Finance Secretary.
The committee notes that people of Vidarbha feel neglected. Among other things, the committee has recommended shifting of the state secretariat (Mantralaya) to Nagpur, the state's second capital, for the month of December every year.
Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today tabled the committee's report in the Assembly.
K P Bakshi, Additional Chief Secretary, Planning, who was one of the members of the committee, said at a press conference that some of the stake-holders the committee spoke to were of the view that the region should get autonomous status, on the lines of Meghalaya, which had such a status before it was carved out of Assam as a separate state.
However, Bakshi said committee itself had not recommended autonomous status for the region.
Another recommendation is that all the important finance-related portfolios should be allocated to the leaders from Vidarbha. The people of Vidarbha feel that issues of the region are neglected and the Mumbai-headquartered government metes out a step-motherly treatment to them, it notes.
As a part of follow-up of 'Nagpur pact' (whereby Vidarbha leaders agreed to merger of the region within Maharashtra in 1960), some of the major directorates should be shifted to Aurangabad and Nagpur, the committee has said.
It also says that all the pending irrigation projects in Vidarbha should be completed on a priority basis.