Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said a probe would be ordered into the allegations that rural development department had issued work orders worth Rs 255 crore without following proper tendering process during 2016-17. Pankaja Munde heads the rural development ministry. When the Chief Minister was asked about it during the interactive session in suburban Mumbai, Fadnavis admitted that it was an irregularity.
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He was however, quick to add that the Minister has no role to play in preparing the estimate of a work order and would ask her to probe who tried to frustrate the government order regarding e-tendering. As per the government decision any expenditure over Rs 3 lakh should be done through e-tendering. There are allegations that the department in order to avoid e-tendering divided the work orders into parts so that the work order is less than Rs 3 lakh.