Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is completing two years in office and the government led by him is completing three years in power.
But the general perception is that the infighting between the two ruling parties, Congress and NCP, and their leaders has badly affected the decision-making process.
Irregularities in irrigation projects and the Rs600 crore food supply scam has marred the image of the state administration.
The last three years have seen many officers involved in scams and this has largely affected the moral of the bureaucracy, which in turn has affected the pace of the decision-making process.
“The government has failed to take decisions in the public interest in the last three years. The chief minister has a strong desire to take hard decisions against corruption, but he has not been able to create faith among the officers to lead the administration from the front,” said BJP state unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar.
An IAS officer, on condition of anonymity, said that the delay in finalising the bidder for the Mantralaya makeover was a blot on the administration as the project was supposed to be completed in four months after the fire gutted the building in June earlier this year.
“The political leadership lacks the courage needed for big policy decisions and fails to stand by the administration,” he said.
Ajit Pawar’s ouster from the cabinet has further paralysed the administration as he was known for taking quick decisions and had a strong grip over it. “The ministers given charge of the departments earlier held by Pawar are not able to perform due to uncertainty,” an officer from the energy department said.
“Many big projects in power generation and industrial sectors have come to a halt due to various reasons like absence of clearances or land acquisition. The government has exhausted its energy in fighting internal as well as external battles. Now people think that the government is like a boat sailing in troubled water,” said Aurangabad-based political analyst Bhalchandra Kango.