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Govt to be selective about advice from Kelkar committee

02:41 AM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Mumbai : A cabinet sub-committee would decide over the implementation report of the Kelkar committee on the regional imbalance of development, and all the recommendations that will not result in regional disparity in development activities in the state would be accepted, finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar (in pic) told the assembly here on Thursday.

Replying to a two-day debate on the recommendations of the Kelkar Committee, set up to study the development backlog in the drought-hit Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, Mungantiwar said his government was committed to equitable distribution of funds and all round development of the state.

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“The Kelkar committee, headed by noted economist Vijay Kelkar, will be the last of the committees set up for the removal of developmental backlog. Henceforth, the state will not need any such committees,” he said.

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A cabinet sub-committee, headed by Mungantiwar, has been set up in January this year, and it will prepare a report with the help of legislators of both houses and experts on the government’s commitment for the all-round development of the state and submit its report before December this year.

So far, 16 out of the 30 departments have sent their suggestions to the sub-committee, he said, adding that it will also look into the Kelkar committee’s recommendations.

The less-developed and drought-hit areas of the state will be given priority in development, the minister said.

“We will accept those recommendations that will help equitable development. The cabinet sub-committee will study them and prepare its report by December 2015,” he added.

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