Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who also holds the finance portfolio, on Friday approved an additional fund of Rs 76.14 crore under various general schemes of the district for 2020-21, thus taking the total general plan outlay to Rs 425 crore.
District guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal had demanded an additional Rs 185 crore for various developmental works in the district. A review meeting was held yesterday under the aegis of dy CM Ajit Pawar.
“For FY 2020-21, the government had set a limit of Rs 348.86 crore for Nashik district in the “general” annual plan outlay of the district. However, citing inevitability of various developmental projects spread across the district, public representatives had demanded additional fund.
Accordingly, I have sanctioned additional Rs 76.14 crore,” the minister explained. The sanctioned additional fund will be utilised for town and rural development, repairs and construction of schools and aanganwadis, development of pilgrimage and tourism centres, modernisation of police machinery etc.
Meanwhile in the review meeting, Bhujbal said that rise in fund was on expected line citing population of Nashik district which is at 61 lakh besides abundancy of local self governing bodies in the district which included 1382 gram panchayats, 2 municipal corporations, 9 municipal councils and six nagar panchayats.
The increased fund will be utilised as thus: Rs 2 crore for town development drive, Rs 8 crore for road development and concretisation, Rs 2.14 crore for repairs of primary schools, Rs 12 crore for school buildings, Rs 2 crore as subsidy to power distribution company, Rs 4 crore for aanganwadi construction, Rs 1 crore for development of tourist spots, Rs 4 crore for small irrigation (for 100 hectares) and Rs 3 crore for basic infrastructural facilities for police and prison, totalling Rs 46.14 crore.
Apart from this, Rs 1 crore for Gangapur boat club, Rs 5 crore for Kalagram, Rs 8 crore for Shivaji stadium, Rs 5 crore for celebrations of the completion of 150 years of Nashik District formation and Rs 1 crore for adventure training centres, while Rs 10 crore will be utilised for development of Igatpuri as a hill station.
The DPC had approved Rs 732.90 crore plan outlay for Financial Year 2020-21 in a meeting chaired by District Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal at Niyojan Bhawan in district collectorate.
Under the approved plan outlay, a provision of Rs 348.86 crore was made for general schemes, Rs 283.85 crore for tribal development and Rs 100.19 crore for the scheduled caste.