Nagpur: BJP’s Ramtek MLA Mallikarjun Reddy, through a Calling Attention Motion, raised the issue of handing over of total proposed land to Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University in Ramtek. He said that out of the proposed 31.77 hectares of land only 3.32 hectare has been given to the Sanskrit University in 1997. Coming in support of Reddy, Congress MLA from Saoner Sunil Kedar turned the heat on Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Kedar said, “We don’t have any objection if a sub-centre of the Sanskrit University is set up in Mumbai or Pune. But before doing that, the Minister should ensure overall development of the prestigious varsity as planned. At present, the University needs handing over of the proposed land for carrying out various development activities, stated Kedar.
In his reply, Tawde informed the House that the Sanskrit University will remain in Ramtek alone. For upgradation and spread of its objectives, sub-centres of the University will be opened other parts of the State. Moreover, aided B Ed colleges will be opened in every district in the next five years for development of Sanskrit language, informed Tawde.
However, observing Kedar’s aggressive posture, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself intervened in the matter and turned the tables on the Congress MLA by saying that he (Kedar) should appreciate the Education Minister for extending funds and land to the Sanskrit University. The Congress-NCP Government during its 15-year rule had not given an inch of land and single rupee, thundered the CM and asserted further that the University will remain in Ramtek only and its importance will not be compromised.
Reddy had charged that despite availability of land in Ramtek the Government had allocated a land on Wardha Road-based Kaldongri village. The move created doubts in his mind whether the Sanskrit University is being shifted to Kaldongri from Ramtek.
Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( firstname.lastname@example.org )