Fadnavis orders probe into MVA govt's RRV buySeptember 29, 2022 17:16
Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday that a probe has been ordered into the purchase of 18 rapid response vehicles by the previous MVA government allegedly at an inflated price of Rs 3 crore each during the pandemic.
The vehicles, called "Devdoot", were purchased in 2020-21 fiscal by the relief and rehabilitation department, which was then headed by the Congress minister Vijay Wadettiwar.
The vehicles are said to be equipped to respond quickly in event of a natural calamity.
Fadnavis, who holds the finance and home portfolios in the current dispensation, told ANI that a probe has been ordered into the alleged scam after media reports said that the vehicles were purchased at a higher price than their actual cost.
The total cost of the vehicles was Rs 54 crore.
"The tender was issued by the relief and rehabilitation department. In July 2020, minister Vijay Wadettiwar had written that it was very necessary to provide RRVs to 16 municipal corporations, NDRF and the SDRF," one of the sources said. -- PTI