Pune: District Collector Naval Kishore Ram on Tuesday said that he is yet to receive an explanation from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) regarding breach of protocol during the recent visit of President Ram Nath Kovind in the city.
The President was in the city on May 30 for the unveiling ceremony of Ramabai Ambedkar’s statue near Wadia College. There was a chaos related to officials sharing the dais at the function. Following which the district collector was supposed to send an explanation for the breach to the President’s office. “I had asked for an explanation from the PMC by June 30 but I am yet to receive one. I will follow up with the civic body on the issue and send the details to the President’s office,” added Naval Kishore Ram.
Speaking on powers with the collector, Ram said that if such breaches occur regularly the collectorate cannot allow permission to the concerned department in future for organising events related to the president.
Deputy mayor defends himself
Siddharth Dhende, Deputy Mayor of the city said, “Mayor office has sent an explanation to the district collector on the issue. Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Ramdas Athawale and I reached late at the function. We didn’t know the protocol. Before that, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar offered a chair to Athawale and me. It was corporation’s programme and in that, the deputy mayor proposes a vote of thanks. So, I did that.”
‘We will send explanation soon’
Rajendra Nimbalkar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said. “Mayor has given an explanation on breach of protocol. Now, the district collector wants an explanation on other two points. One is regarding unveiling the life-size statue of Matoshri Ramabai Ambedkar. Due to the prediction of rainfall and technical problem, we decided to unveil the statue physically and we made changes accordingly. Secondly, the collector pointed out the clicking of photograph near the statue after the programme was ended. It was not part of the programme as per their protocol. On this two points, We will send the explanation soon.”