Pune: After former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s attack on the current government’s failure in Pune’s development, State Minister for Social Justice Dilip Kamble retorted with scathing remarks challenging Pawar to have a debate with him at Shaniwarwada on the city and district’s development. The minister was in the city for a meeting with District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat.
“The Pawars, both the senior and junior, work just to incite the people. The district was with Ajit Pawar as guardian minister for 15 years. What did he do to develop the district? He should come and debate with me at Shaniwarwada about it,” Kamble said, adding, “Now that they are not in power, they are working to incite violence and anger in minds of the people. They are inciting the farmers and defaming the Dalits through what happened at Koregaon-Bhima.”
“When he was the Guardian Minister, he put the development in shambles. The flyovers were wrongly constructed, the airport was undecided - whether it would be built in Chakan or Khed, metro was only discussed for 15 years,” Kamble said. “In our time, the work is right before the people. We have begun the metro work, airport work is also already going on,” he added.
“Above Poverty Line (APL) ration card holders will receive wheat at Rs 2 per kg and rice at Rs. 3 per kg if they just make a small affidavit and declaration about their income with the administration,” Kamble announced, adding, “Almost 2,50,000 families with incomes of 40,000 per annum for rural and 59,000 per annum for urban, will benefit from this move.”
Kamble had held the press interaction to announce state awards to prominent personalities from all walks of society. “We will honour six personalities on June 10 with the Annabhau Sathe Award. Social activist Shantilal Mutha, journalist Rahi Bhide, athlete Kaka Pawar, author Sampat Jadhav, Bishop Thomas Ghabre and journalist Namrata Wagle are some of the awardees,” Kamble said, adding, “Additional awards will be given to athletes Rahul Aware and Tejaswini Sawant and journalist Bhagyashri Jadhav.”