Embarrassed by the facts revealed by the RTI query, Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has ordered a high-level inquiry into the multi-crore scam in the PM’s and CM’s relief package meant to help poor and bereaved families of farmers who committed suicide in the Vidarbha region. Gopal Reddy, the director of the V P Naik Mission for Farmers, will be in charge of the probe. Deshmukh has asked for comprehensive information on the beneficiaries of the special package for the entire Vidarbha region. Yavatmal-based activist alleged that while selecting beneficiaries for the package, there was blatant violation of rules, as a result of which, cattle was distributed among non-eligible, well-off people, including prominent politicians from the district.
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