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BJP to suspend 1,200 schemes of previous government in Maharashtra

The state government has decided to put on hold nearly 1,200 schemes and projects launched by the erstwhile Congress-NCP coalition. The BJP-led government plans to relaunch some of them with new names.

Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said they plan to revive many programmes. “We have decided to suspend these schemes till get we get a review done on them,” said Mungantiwar. Sources said that the state might do away with programmes that are still in inception stage and not much money has been spent on them. “If the expenditure is more than 50%, the work will be completed and if it is less than 50%, the schemes will be suspended for an uncertain period by citing the reason as shortage of fund. Besides, BJP leaders are mulling to rename some of the good initiatives.”

Opposition leader and Congress legislator Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the government should be neutral. “The schemes are not a part of any party, but they belong to the state. The BJP-led government should not be biased towards what the previous government has done.”

The government has sent out directives to all departments, telling them that there is no need to rush in the last minute to spend the allocated budget on various schemes and works before financial year ends on March 31.Sudhir-Mungantiwar

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