No need to extend statutory board term,saysVJAS president
- Statutory board was formed 15 years ago to bring development to the region.
- The special funds were not utilized and end up in development of its members’ electoral constituencies.
- The board needs to be liquidated and a separate state Vidarbha formed, only this will help the region.
The term of Vidabha Statutory Development Board formed in 1994 is expiring on april 30,2010.The
However,Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti,a farmers’ rights group which has also lent its support to a separate state demand, has said the
“For the first five years, the board was nothing more than a white elephant. Later, under the special powers bestowed on him as chairman of constitutional board, the governor gave directives for targeted budgetary allocation to remove Vidarbha’s developmental backlog in the sectors like irrigation, health care and tribal development.
“The board created its own problems as for some years the special funds were not utilized and ended up in development of its members’ electoral constituencies. The
Tiwari has also come out strongly against a move to create a separate planning board. He claimed a meeting of top officials was recently called by governor’s secretary Shrikant deshpande to discuss the proposal.