Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Sunday that the government will give top priority to setting up cotton-based industries in Vidarbha.
Chavan, who was on a two-day visit, said he had come to take a stock of the problems afflicting the region. “I have met the ministers, legislators and office bearers of the local self government agencies,” he said.
When asked why the most textile and sugar cooperative factories promoted by local Congress leaders were defunct, the CM admitted there was a lack of sincerity and effort on the part of the promoters.
But Chavan denied that leaders set up factories with the intention of embezzling the public money.
The CM also admitted that the cooperative sector in Vidarbha had yet to catch up with western Maharashtra.
He assured that adequate funds will be earmarked in the state’s budget for payment of compensation for lands acquired or irrigation projects in the district.