Tuesday, May 24, 2011

VJAS to demand white paper on alleged irrigation scam-PTI

VJAS to demand white paper on alleged irrigation scam-PTI
Nagpur, May 24 (PTI) The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) has decided to demand a white paper on the alleged corruption to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore in the Prime Minister's relief package fund for the improvement of irrigation projects in Vidarbha. MPCC President Manikrao Thakre has convened a water convention in Yavatmal on May 26. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will remain present on the occasion, where the VJAS plans to raise issues in Vidarbha before the Chief Minister.
"We will request the Chief Minister to seek permission from the Centre for a CBI inquiry into alleged irregularities by the Ministry of Irrigation in the Prime Minister's funds. The corruption charges are levelled by PAC and CAG," Kishor Tiwari of VJAS said in a press release today. The VJAS will also raise issues like dwindling ground water in Vidarbha. "Now, permission has been given to divert more than 40 per cent water in the region reserved for irrigation, for the proposed power plants that are expected to generate 40,000 MW of electricity. But actually, water is required in Vidarbha, as there is a huge backlog in the irrigation sector here," Tiwari said. VJAS said that it supported Manikrao Thakre's view that the proposed power plants would use water in the region and then sell most of the power outside the state at the cost of agriculture. "The water convention will provide an opportunity to us to raise issues like the plight of Vidarbha cotton farmers, failure of the administration, lack of irrigation facilities in west Vidarbha, depleting ground water owing to uncontrolled mining, among others," Tiwari said.

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