The Nagpur session of state legislature has been happening since 1960 as part of the commitment made in the Nagpur agreement (1956) when the Vidarbha region became part of Maharashtra. One of the major reasons for holding the session was to maintain the importance of Nagpur, which was the capital of the Central Province and Berar region. However, politicians and people of the region feel that the holding the session has just become a mere formality and does not do any justice to Vidarbha region. It just adds up to the expenditure of the government, they say.
More than 1,500 employees shift base to Nagpur and vehicles from across the state are requisitioned for the movement of ministers, officers and staff during the duration of the session.
“The total expenditure must be in the range of Rs 150 to 200 crore,” guesstimates Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak. “But these are not exact figures and no separate budget allocation is done for the session and the expenditure is part of the routine expenditure of all departments.”
Agro-economist and a votary of separate Vidarbha Srinivas Khandevala said the idea Nagpur session is not to do justice to the problems of the region, but to maintain the importance of Nagpur as the second capital.
“The session is not much fruitful. Some files are cleared and some assurances are given,” said BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis.