The Vidarbha package and its implementation were taken up at the first meeting of the Maharashtra cabinet, a day after it was sworn in on Friday.

The State would be putting in place a special monitoring system to perform a detailed evaluation of all development projects, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters at a press conference here on Saturday. He was joined by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

A package of Rs. 10,000 crore was allocated last year for development works in Vidarbha, to be implemented over three years from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Chavan said the Prime Minister's package was not part of the discussion.

Order of priority

“In the first cabinet meet today, we discussed the development projects in Vidarbha and to decide on the order of priority. A monthly review of all packages will be conducted. A special monitoring system will be set up to assess the implementation of development works in Vidarbha, Konkan, Marathwada and Nashik regions,” Mr. Chavan said.