On Thursday, the Maharashtra government ordered an open investigation by the state anti-corruption bureau into alleged violations in Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’s water conservation system.
931 works under the flagship project of the previous government of Devendra Fadnavis will be openly investigated, and 396 others will be subject to departmental verification.
An “open” request means that the ACB – the Maharashtra Police Force – can call people to file applications, request wage and income tax returns, and request detailed information on movable and immovable property. If he finds enough evidence, the FIR can be registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act or the investigation can be closed if no evidence of corruption is found.
Water Minister Shankarrao Gadah said: “The state government has accepted the recommendations of the Vijay Kumar committee recommending an investigation into the irregularities of Jalyukta Shivar. ACB will conduct an open investigation of 931 jobs. “
Fadnavis said: “The decision to check the works in Jalyukta Shivar is welcome. During my work, I ordered the investigation of 600 works. Let the facts come out. “
“These schemes were implemented and controlled by the district collection service. There are seven departments involved in the project. The average cost of each job is between 1 and 1.5 lakhs, ”he added.
This plan was launched by the government of Fadnavis in December 2014. The goal was to free the 25,000 villages of Maharashtra from drought.
A government source said: “Either a covert investigation, an open investigation by the ACB, or an order for an administrative departmental investigation was possible. After some discussion, the government felt that an open investigation by the ACB was the best option. ”