“Today, with rampant urbanisation and large scale migration from villages, we need to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s message of going back to villages more than ever,” retired IAS officer and former Pune Divisional Commissioner Chandrakant Dalvi said.
He was speaking at the felicitation ceremony organised to express gratitude towards him by his friends, and former colleagues. Dalvi was felicitated at the hands of renowned actor Nana Patekar and Nitin Karmalkar, VC, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
Dalvi is popular amongst fellow bureaucrats as well as common man. It was through his initiative that many programmes like Sant Gadgebaba Village Cleanliness Programme, the much acclaimed Zero Pendency and Daily Disposal programme in government offices were carried out successfully in the state.
Apart from being a successful administrative officer, Dalvi is known for his work in his village, Nidhal in Satara district, where he carried out a huge transformation of the drought struck village to a prosperous one.
He further said, “If everyone decides to go back to their village and work for its betterment, we will have many Nidhal villages in our state.”
An overwhelmed Dalvi also stated that after his retirement, he hopes that he will finally be able to give more time to his family and friends.
Known to be an officer with a clean record, Dalvi said he is sure that as the open defecation free village programme is getting successful in the state with each passing day, the government and the bureaucracy can also become defecation free soon.
Speaking on the occasion, Patekar said, “Unless we meet people, we don’t know their sorrows, difficulties. And I am glad that Dalvi recognised the problems of his people, and strived to find a solution. You kept your relation with the village alive despite being in administration, and worked towards it.”
He also added that it’s overwhelming to see such a huge gathering of people come together in a theatre to express gratitude towards a bureaucrat and this itself shows the volume of his contribution towards the society.
Sachin Itkar, organizer, Ramdas Mane of Mane Group of Industries, Anand Kothari, agriculture expert
Shekhar Gaikwad, director, Groundwater Survey Development Agency (GSDA), Dilip Band, former Divisional Commissioner Pune, Sanjay Awate, Saam Tv Editor, veteran poet Ramdas Futane were amongst those who expressed their gratitude towards Dalvi and shared their experiences of working with him.