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Irrigation scam whistle-blower may face action

Vijay Pandhare, chief engineer from the water resources department who brought the alleged irrigation corruption to the fore, is likely to face disciplinary action for breaching service rules.

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2012 00:50 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Vijay Pandhare, chief engineer from the water resources department who brought the alleged irrigation corruption to the fore, is likely to face disciplinary action for breaching service rules.

Pandhare had, in April, approached chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, governor K Sankaranarayanan and water resources secretary alleging that his department has wasted more than Rs. 35,000 crore on projects that never took off.

The governor had asked the state government to start an inquiry and submit a report to Raj Bhavan.

The government has not yet begun the probe.

Eknath Patil, water resources secretary, has allegedly been asked to discipline Pandhare, who works from Nashik. Patil, however, did confirm or deny the development.

However, an officer from his department said that the engineer would face action for going public.

"Pandhare has been asked to furnish proofs to substantiate his charges. He hasn't done it so far," said the source.

Pandhare had also demanded a probe into the functioning of all regional irrigation boards.

Claiming that his aim is to save the taxpayers' money, Pandhare, who will retire in 16 months, said: "I have given the information to the government and I expect a positive result."