Politics over ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ is Unfortunate-VJAS urged Industries to Invest in Vidarbha
'Advantage Vidarbha 2013', a two-day event to be held here on February 25-26, is being organised in association with Government agencies like MIDC, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), MTDC, MHADA and CIDCO, aimed at promoting the region in Vidarbha as an investment destination and IT ,Automobiles, Agro-processing, Textiles and Tourism are the four sectors are identified to attract investments where state is likely offer special incentive and signal widow clearance and The Maharashtra government is expecting MoUs pledging Rs 15,000-crore investments in Vidarbha to be signed during an upcoming event here but Just when things seemed to be on track to give the region a shot in the arm, Union heavy industries minister Praful Patel, who is the sole minister from Vidarbha in the UPA government, dropped a bombshell on Advantage Vidarbha barely five days before the event.
"This is unfortunate development and power politics NCP-Cong. is working against the interest of vidarbha when Praful Patel is making issue that he has not been properly invited nor involved in accordance with protocol and neither my name nor that of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the state's most important portfolios of finance and energy, are there as guests for the inaugural session is not reason for opting out of such important event” Kishor Tiwari President Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS), the activist group working for farmers and tribal of dying vidarbha which is most backward region of Maharashtra mainly due to continuous neglect and apathy shown by western Maharashtra political leaders who ruled state and NCP’s open opposition to ‘advantage Vidarbha’ is part of that step-motherly treatment given to region said in press release today .
‘Since 1981 Private Engg. Degree and Diploma colleges started by politicians including Praful Patel, has started more than 20 thousand engineers and other management professionals joining industries all over India and world since 1985 now crossed above 2 million who wants to come back to serve in vidarbha more over around one lakh hector industrial land with five star infrastructure is available in Nagpur ,Amaravati, Akola, Wardha ,Gondia ,Bhandara and Yavatmal but poor political leadership and bureaucratic corruption has failed attacks investor to vidarbha which geographically at heart of India and excellent skilled manpower is readily available @ 50% cost that case with land ,power too more over logistics connectivity is major advantage hence this is right time to invest’ Tiwari said
‘ We are shocked with Praful Patel’s statement as he was key minister as aviation minister who personally worked to hand over Nagpur airport to a joint venture of Airports Authority of India and the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd. It was on his insistence that Boeing MRO is setting up base here who was instrumental to bring Rs15,000 crore investment of Adani power here. Now he is engaged in bringing Rs2,500 crore investment of BHEL to Sakoli hence now his stand looks like move of NCP western Maharashtra leadership to spoil the event’ Tiwari allged.
‘A lack of political will was said to be the reason for Vidarbha to remain underdeveloped when compared to other parts of the state. Political games, it appears, would continue to put spokes in its wheels which has to opposed hence we are supporting the event’ Tiwari added.