Pune: A documentary film ‘Maati aur manzil’ on Dirgha N Yadav, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) was screened recently in the presence of LK Pegu, Principal Director of Southern Command, at Alankar Hall, Mahadji Shinde High School at Wanawadi Bazaar, depicting his life journey, work in various states and a stronghold in the administration as he has worked in four states including Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra.
The documentary mainly focused on how Yadav became CEO, while he served the Indian defence service for more than two decades after coming from Bakenia which is a remote village in Purnia district in Bihar. The documentary was directed and produced by Shankar Barve. It took him three months to make the entire documentary. Before screening in the Pune Cantonment, the documentary was screened last month at his hometown.
Barve said, “I met Yadav while producing the documentary on 200th anniversary of PCB last year. Since then, I have been learning various things from him and knowing his journey from a common man to an efficient bureaucrat and decided to make a film on him.”
Barve spent around Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh in making the entire documentary. Of the many achievements in his glorious career, Yadav had built an inter-state bus stand at Ramgarh Cantonment which turned out to be a great facility for commuters. He also was instrumental in builing a dam on the Damodar river in the same cantonment, which resolved the city’s water crisis. He has also contributed in making a water tank with capacity of 10 lakh litres in Ranikhet Cantonment.
He also took strict action against many illegal businesses running which resulted in the reclaiming of hundreds of acres of defence land. He was awarded the ‘General Officer in Commanding’ in 2006 for his great work in administration. Yadav has also commissioned 20 projects in the vicinity of Pune Cantonment in a short span of one and a half years. He is also one of the few officers nominated for the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in public administration twice in his tenure. He is an author of two books of short stories and his literary work has been published in many renowned Hindi magazines.
During the programme, Yadav said, “As a part of my profession and as a human being, it is my responsibility to help people as much a I can and bring smile on their faces. Coming from a small village, I have been through several ups and downs which have made me strong and bold enough to face any situation confidently and solve the problem, successfully.”