Mumbai: A committee will be set up to probe the alleged misuse of government money in the implementation of the "Prajwala" scheme launched by the former BJP-led government in Maharashtra. Women and Child Welfare Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray government in the state, Yashomati Thakur has informed the Legislative Council in this regard on Monday.
The Prajwala scheme was launched by the then BJP government in 2019 to provide legal matters, social and economic information to members of women's self-help groups. The Maharashtra Commission for Women had implemented the scheme. On the calling attention motion moved by Shiv Sena MLA Manisha Kayande, Thakur said, "The state government will constitute an inquiry committee which will look into the alleged misuse of state government funds under the Prajwala scheme. The then Chairperson of the Women's Commission will also have to appear before this Commission.''
BJP's Vijaya Rahatkar was the head of the Women's Commission between 2014-19. Kayande told the council that the bills submitted by the state women's commission officials were handwritten and were not final. He further said, "The bills that were handed over were not in the proper format, as required as per the guidelines. The scheme was to be implemented in all the 288 assembly constituencies, but it was implemented only in select 98 constituencies. Kayande further said that the assembly segments were selected in such a way that the benefits of the scheme reached only the BJP.