The Opposition parties on Monday accused the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of meting out step-motherly treatment to their constituencies.
They have accused the ruling alliance of diverting a lion's share of the funds in the budget to develop their own constituencies. The Opposition members have threatened to disrupt the whole session if they are not given their dues.
Addressing the media, Eknath Khadse, Opposition leader of the state assembly, said the state government was flouting the budgetary guidelines outlined by the Centre. “There is no equitable distribution of funds and under the guise of block provisions, the ruling parties have grabbed a major portion of the resources,” he said.
The state has made a block provision of Rs4,986 crore under the planning department, a large part of which will be cornered by the ruling party legislators. Here, the consolidated amount is distributed according to the discretion of the finance and planning minister and this has been the bone of contention among those in the Opposition benches.
A delegation met chief minister Prithviraj Chavan asking him to rectify the solution. Chavan, however, referred the matter to the finance secretary.
Khadse pointed out that the previous three years’ budgetary allocations for rural development were altered to favour the ruling alliance. In addition, Rs1,729 crore for the public works department has been set aside for the rulers.
Even the allocations made for tourist places, more than 90% of the total amount — Rs 48 crore — was set aside for constituencies of members of the ruling alliance. Interestingly, even Congress legislators are upset since major departments like finance, rural development, and PWD are headed by NCP ministers.
However, Chavan was quick to ally their fears saying he would ensure fair play.
Govt to frame policy for mentally challenged girls
Mumbai: The state government is all set to form a policy for the protection of mentally challenged girls in orphanages.
The women and child welfare department and the home department will frame the policy within a fortnight, home minister RR Patil told the state Legislative Council on Monday.
“We are concerned about the issue. The woman and the child welfare department has fallen short in ensuring the safety of these girls,” Patil said while addressing a question raised by MLC Usha Darade on rape incidents in an orphanage at Beed.
MLC Hemant Takle said it was sad that while the state was introducing 50% reservation bill for women, it was not able to manage security for girls who are mentally and physically challenged.
Patil said the government would provide the girls with good lawyers to fight their cases in the court and would inform the superintendent of police at Beed. He also promised that the victims would be compensated for their rehabilitation through the chief minister’s fund.