Published On : Sat, Nov 14th, 2015

Winter Session-preparations awaiting Cabinet expansion

Nagpur: The city administration is now busy at making preparations for ensuing Winter Session of Maharashtra State Legislature here. All precautions are being taken to ensure that no smudge of any irregularity or lacuna should emerge to affect the image of Chief Minster who belongs to Nagpur.

On the other hand as the Chief Minister has announced likely expansion of his cabinet, the cottage allotment is not yet finalised, and the officials are awaiting further instructions in this regard.

The winter session is going to begin from December 7 in the city. The PWD had come into action for the session since October. It is making Ravi Bhavan, Nag Bhavan, MLA Rest House, Hyderabad House, etc, ready with all amenities. As the cottages are allotted as per desires of ministers, the PWD is taking all care about this.

Amidst speculations, the names of chairmen of various boards and corporations are also likely to be announced along with expansion of the cabinet, may be before the winter session or after it. In the cabinet expansion, the allies from Shiv Sena Maha-aghadi and others are increasing pressure to step into cabinet. Shiv Sena is already displeased with step-motherly treatment, but it is helpless to do anything due to stern attitude of BJP. However, the Chief Minister has assured that the interest of all allies will be defended.

The officials in the administration, who should have by now started handling of their responsibilities of the winter session, are awaiting the expansion of cabinet. At present, the cabinet consists of 18 cabinet rank ministers and 12 ministers of state. Deogiri bungalow is going to remain vacant in this session as it happens to be the official accommodation of Deputy Chief Minister, but there is no deputy chief minister in the Devendra-cabinet as on this date.

It may be mentioned that both the speaker of Vidhan Sabha and the chairman of Vidhan Parishad had recently visited the city in order to ensure preparations for the winter session by November 30. Accordingly, all preparations are being made. While telephone lines would be updated, there would be requirement of rvehicles, which are likely to arranged from various departments of the government in advance.

At the same time, the general booking process in Ravi Bhavan, MLA House and other places is stopped. Cottages and Special Rooms will be reserved for Ministers and MLAs/ MLCs.