Cidco was headed by senior NCP leader Pramod Hindurao, a trusted aide of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. Vasant Bhoir, R C Gharat and Namdeo Bhagat were the non-official directors. “In view of the change of government, we were expecting that they will resign on their own, but since they did not submit resignations, the government had no option but to issue an order for their removal,“ he said.
The bureaucrat said Fadnavis has asked chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya to ensure that non-official chairmen and directors of all state-run boards and corporations are sacked in a timebound period. “We expect to complete the entire exercise within two weeks,“ he said. The chairmen of most of these corporations have either the rank of a cabi net minister or minister of state He pointed out that since the boards are set up by a separate order issued by the respective de partments, the order for dismissal of chairmen and non-official directors will also have to be issued separately. When Narayan Rane took over from Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi in 1999, the same day he passed an order for the removal of all chairmen and non-official directors. The same procedure was followed by Vilasrao Deshmukh when he took over from Rane and again in 2004, when he succeeded Sushilkumar Shinde.
The bureaucrat said Fadnavis’s action had been delayed due to the government’s minority status. “The CM was waiting for the confidence motion. Since the motion has been passed by voice-vote, now he has swung into action. In the days to come, the people of Maharashtra will witness a more aggressive Fadnavis,“ he said.