Oppn brings out ‘Black Paper’ on irrigation projects
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On the eve of the winter session of the Maharashtra legislative, the opposition parties including Shiv Sena and the BJP has come up with a "black paper" on irrigation projects in the state. They also termed the white paper brought out by the state government last month as a dud that sidestepped the irregularities in projects.
Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who resigned as deputy chief minister in September after facing allegations of corruption for approving projects with cost overruns, had recently made a comeback.
"White paper is a misleading document and does not mention any irregularities," said Opposition leader Eknath Khadse. Reiterating the demand to launch an SIT probe into irrigation scam, the BJP leaders criticised the state government for "defending" Pawar. "It is disappointing to note that even after spending Rs 70,000 crore, the irrigation potential rose by mere 0.1 per cent, which is disgusting," he said.
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