The Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday admitted that the state bureaucracy was not initially co-operating with the new BJP-led government and was posing a major hurdle for implementing the “pro-people” policies of the government.
On his one-year achievement of the government in Nagpur this afternoon, the chief minister regretted that his government was facing a stiff resistance from the bureaucracy for several months on implementing its “pro-people” agenda and that led the government to take stern action against over 800 officers across the state.
Fadnavis said that the lower level bureaucracy was cooperating a little bit during the period while higher-level bureaucracy are still reluctant to toe the line of the government.
He continued, “ Over 70% of the higher level bureaucracy has now mended their style of functioning and are following the state government while remaining are still defiant. Surprisingly, the lower bureaucracy, the situation is still far better.”
The Fadnavis government has suspended about 800 bureaucrats during the period while 50 officers were terminated from their services for not toeing the line of the government.
According to him, the state government has also initiated criminal proceedings against several bureaucrats during the period.
Answering a question, the chief minister said that his recent water conservation campaign across the state, “Jalyukta Shivar,” has been the most successful project during his one-year tenure in the state. The scheme is being implemented in the backward Vidarbha and Marathwada regions on priority basis. The farmers are facing hardship in these regions following crop failure, particularly because of inadequate rainfall.
The new initiative would enhance the water conservation in these regions, he claimed.
On separate Vidarbha state issue, the chief minister, Fadnavis, who is considered a strong protagonist of separate Vidarbha statehood, reiterated that the BJP was in favour of small states, and particularly a separate state of Vidarbha. “On separate Vidarbha, the union government would take a decision in an appropriate time,” he added.
The issue to carve out a separate Vidarbah state from Maharashtra is in the domain of union government and the state can’t do anything in this regard, he pointed out.
In another question, he criticized the opposition for branding the second capital of the state, Nagpur as crime city. “The law and order situation in Nagpur is as normal as any other cities in the country. The allegations in this regard from the opposition are a ploy to block the proposed investments from domestic and foreign investors in the city and its neighbouring areas.