PUBLIC EYE – Cop on green mission sets example

Sangli Superintend ent of Police Datta tray Shinde has suc cessfully embarked on a mission to tack le noise pollution, particularly during the 10-day Ganesh festival and Diwali. A week after he took over the reins of the Sangli district, he found that all the 2,000 and odd mandals will be using Dolby sound system, which produces sound several times higher than permissible levels.

Shinde along with Sangli Collector Shekhar Gaikwad drafted an action plan to stop the use of Dolby sound system to keep noise levels in the district within limits prescribed by the Supreme Court. Shinde and Gaikwad had marathon meeting with a section of senior social workers and later they met the office bearers of all the mandals. Then it was unanimously decided to abandon the use of Dolby sound system. Further, the heads of the mandals decided to donate the cost of the Dolby sound system for the Chief Minister Jalyukta Shivar Scheme.Shinde says that so far the mandals have donated Rs 5 lakh for the scheme and by the end of the Ganesh festival, it will be more than Rs 15 lakh. It has been proposed that works proposed by the mandals for widening or deepening of canals will be taken up on priority . The moot question is that if Shinde can set a new bench mark, why his colleagues across the state are unable to take such steps.

Level of corruption

The list of public servants trapped by the anti-corruption bureau in the recent past points that key departments are indeed controlled by lower level staff.A week ago, the ACB trapped a peon in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation’s Pune office for demanding bribe to release a no-objection certificate (NOC). The NOC was prepared by the MIDC’s head office in Mumbai. When the aggrieved person expressed his inability to visit Mumbai office for securing NOC, he was asked to approach a peon in Pune MIDC office and pay him Rs 3,500 as bribe. Stunned by the demand, the person lodged a complaint with the anti-corruption bureau. The ACB sleuths laid a trap and arrested the peon red handed.Whether it is for release of pension for retired persons, release of grants for ashram schools, clerks do not oblige unless they are bribed. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has started an ambitious one window system to check corruption, but for minor works, there is no relief. Says a former chief secretary , heads of state run corporations will have to move out of ivory chambers, visit offices and interact with commoners.

Treading tactfully?

Eye brows are being raised over chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ midnight visit to the residence of Milind Nar vekar, a trusted aide of Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray on the first day of the 10-day Ga nesh festival. It was expect ed that Fadnavis will visit residences of a section of his senior colleagues in the cabinet for Ganpati dar shan, however, the CM quietly reached the Ma lad residence of Narve kar to spend some time with him and his fam ily members. In Shiv Sena circles, Narvekar is one of the most important person, particularly when it comes to decision making.Soon after the assembly elections were declared, it was clear that BJP will not be able to form the government on its own. Initially, Sharad Pawarled NCP had given external support to facilitate Fadnavis to form the government, however in the subsequent months, Narvekar had played a crucial role to secure Shiv Sena’s support to the BJP for the formation of the government. In the recent past, Narvekar was instrumental in facilitating meetings between Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray . In view of the crucial BMC elections, the question is that whether BJP will join hands with Shiv Sena

Source : TOI