The overall distrust of stakeholders in the Maharashtra government and the large number of vacancies on the administrative end due to lack of IAS officers are two major grievances chief minister Prithviraj Chavan expressed on the on the eve of the completion of his two-year term as the CM of Maharashtra.
No genuine private parties want to work with the government with its reputation of appointing only dubious contractors, Chavan admitted while talking to HT on Friday.
Chavan completes two years in office on November 11. He was sworn in in unfortunate circumstances, when former CM Ashok Chavan's name got embroiled in the controversial Adarsh housing society in Colaba.
Reacting to allegations of slow-paced decisions the opposition parties have been hurling at him, Chavan said: "It is easy to say that we are not taking decisions. My aim was to get the state government functioning minus the contractors and builders lobby," he said.
Explaining why projects like the Mantralaya makeover and fixing CCTVs in Mumbai are stuck, Chavan blamed it on distrust.
"Look at the Mantralaya makeover project after the fire, or the CCTV project. We were expecting some good private players to come ahead and quote a good price and we might need to retender. No genuine parties want to deal with the Maharashtra government. In the past, only dubious contractors ended up getting projects like in the case of the irrigation project, so there is massive distrust," Chavan said.
He added that the lack of enough IAS officials is also directly affecting the functioning of the state government.
"Right now we are getting only seven new officers every year out of the IAS recruits, while our need is 16-17," he said.
Chavan took potshots at his coalition partner the NCP and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
"Working in a bad coalition was demoralising and it took me time to connect with the existing systems. And Ajit Pawar's statements on his 'thagegiri' (being a ruffian in politics) have got him into trouble," he said.