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| Pune |Printed: July 11, 2020 11:36:24 pm
Chatting with rapidly after his change, Shekhar Gaikwad acknowledged, “I don’t know whether or not or not I am a sufferer of politics. Nonetheless I am what I am. I talk my ideas… I have been doing this for 30-35 years.”
A day after he spoke out in opposition to the selection to impose a 10-day lockdown in Pune, the Maharashtra authorities, in a shock switch, transferred Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad. He could be modified by Vikram Kumar, who’s presently the chief govt officer of Pune Metropolitan Space Enchancment Authority (PMRDA).
Gaikwad will as quickly as as soon as extra keep the publish of Commissioner of Sugar, which he had held sooner than being appointed the chief of Pune Municipal Firm in January this yr. He had taken over from Saurabh Rao, who was appointed the Commissioner of Sugar. Now, Rao has been appointed the Officer on Explicit Accountability on the Pune Divisional Commissionerate.
After Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar launched the selection to impose a 10-day lockdown in every Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad on Friday, on the directions of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Gaikwad had knowledgeable he had opposed the switch inside the evaluation meeting.
Chatting with rapidly after his change, Gaikwad acknowledged, “I don’t know whether or not or not I am a sufferer of politics. Nonetheless I am what I am. I talk my ideas… I have been doing this for 30-35 years. I strongly contemplate that the lockdown won’t be inside the curiosity of the poor who’ve wanted to endure quite so much…”.
Gaikwad acknowledged he has not at all hesitated whereas expressing his views. “I particular my views fearlessly, I’ve not at all hesitated about inserting them plainly. If a positive issue is appropriate, I’ve stood for it, if it is not relevant I’ve taken a stand. I don’t have to be shackled…,” he acknowledged.
“I don’t know whether or not or not I was transferred for speaking in opposition to the lockdown. Nonetheless I talk about points I strongly actually really feel about…I am not like others. I don’t keep myself once more when positive points happen… I am not a strategist like others…,” acknowledged the outgoing PMC chief.
Gaikwad acknowledged when he was the sugar commissioner, he had taken a lot of “constructive selections”. “The farmers have been shocked as soon as I used to be transferred… Even now, I get calls from people who favored one of the simplest ways I labored. That’s my achievement. What else would you want aside from public acclaim,” he acknowledged.
Whereas civic officers acknowledged Gaikwad had led from the doorway in his battle in opposition to Covid-19 in Pune and carried out a significant place in bringing life once more to common inside the metropolis after leisure of lockdown norms, some elected representatives had complained that he had single-handedly taken all selections related to containing the unfold of the sickness with out consulting them.
Earlier, Gaikwad’s decision to implement lockdown norms solely in micro-containment zones had not gone successfully with Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, who had publicly criticised the selection.
Nonetheless, teams from the central authorities, which had visited Pune to evaluation the Covid-19 state of affairs, had appreciated the work taken by the civic administration.
Pune has seen a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases since ‘unlockdown’ began, with some metropolis wards reporting over a 1,000 cases.
Criticising the change decision, metropolis MP and BJP chief Girish Bapat acknowledged, “The PMC chief has fallen sufferer to interior politics of the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities… That’s the time to help officers who’re making an attempt their best to incorporate Covid-19. We now have been extending help to the commissioner, who was doing job in containing the unfold of the an an infection. His change will shake the entire official tools.”
Activist Vivek Velenkar of the Sajag Nagarik Manch acknowledged,”Gaikwad has been speaking out in opposition to one thing which he thought was not relevant. Though he was barely in price for only a few months, he handled the Covid-19 state of affairs in an accurate method. And in case you might be transferred for doing job, that’s unbelievable.”
Gaikwad’s successor, Kumar, has served as a result of the commissioner of PMRDA since March 2019 and has been working instantly beneath Ajit Pawar, who’s the guardian minister of Pune.
Earlier, the state authorities’s decision to alternate Pravinsinh Pardeshi as a result of the chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Firm in May, as Mumbai seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, had attracted criticism.
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