Nagpur: Demand of separate development planning committee (DPC) for city as urban area is getting less funds in comparision to rural areas, of mayor Praveen Datke and some MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party was turned down by guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule. He stated that additional funds will be given to city and discrimination between urban and rural areas will not be done. Due to this, there is no reason for demanding a separate development planning committee.
Last year, BJP MLAs had demanded separate development planning committee for Nagpur city in the district development planning committee’s meeting during Congress rule. The then guardian minister Shivajirao Moghe, who was present in the meeting had said that decision in this regard was policy related and anything can be decided in State Cabinet meeting.
Now there is Bharatiya Janata Party’s rule in Maharashtra and ruling party’s leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule is guardian minister. First meeting of development planning committee was presided over by him. As expected, mayor Praveen Datke on behalf of BJP,raised issue of separate development planning committee for Nagpur city. He said that city gets less funds in comparision to rural areas and why representatives from city should remain present in the meeting. Mayor was supported by MLA Vikas Kumbhare and some other legislators.
Congress MLA Rajendra Mulak and Sunil Kedar who were also present in the meeting opposed this. Kedar said that development planning committee is originally meant for district and therefore it would be wrong to discriminate rural and urban areas.