Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday sounded cautious while assuring action only if any illegality was found in giving contracts under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in the state.
The chief minister was speaking in the context of a report filed on Friday by the office of commissioners to the Supreme Court.
The report said six private contractors who won deals were not eligible to bid in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Hindustan Times has found many of the contractors seem to be politically influential.
Chavan said the report, if it proved true, would be a matter of serious concern. “We will verify whether nutrition (the quality of food) was compromised.”
He, however, refused to commit on any concrete measure, saying he had not yet received a copy of the report.
“The news reports (that appeared in the media) are based on information leaked to the media,” he told reporters, but neither specified the source of the leak nor explained why government officials and lawyers failed in getting the report to him even after four days of submission to the Supreme Court.
Chavan justified giving contracts to women’s groups, which he said was done in a legal manner.
Minister for women and child welfare Varsha Gaikwad on Sunday had maintained the state had awarded tenders based on the central government’s guidelines of 2009.
Among the three contractors, Swapnil Agro owner Satish Munde is known to be close to senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who, however, has denied any dealings with him.