Pune: Shiv Sena leader and Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Neelam Gorhe on Friday attacked the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) officials for not inviting elected members to the meetings.
Gorhe was speaking during a press conference on Friday. She said that several meetings were held during the session related to PMRDA and the smart city project where everyone was a part of the meeting.
“However, in a cultured city like Pune, elected members like me and other from various political parties are not invited for PMRDA meetings. This is very unfortunate as we represent the people. However, we do not get to attend these meeting and express our views for better implementation of policies,” said Gorhe.
She further added that during the session in Mumbai, the issue of hookah bars was highlighted.
“There needs to be a stringent rule to keep a check on hookah bars across Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur and other big cities. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 or COTPA, 2003 should be amended and made stricter to check the use of hookah in the cities,” said Gorhe.
She also added that out of 100 old age homes for the elderly in the State, only 31 are functional. “Others are shut due to lack of funds. It is unfortunate that senior citizens have to stay in these old-age homes but the government should try to get more skilled people to manage and run these homes,” said Gorhe.
While talking about the child abuse among child artists, Gorhe highlighted that a committee should be formed where the parents of these children can go and lodge a complaint in case the young artists face any sexual or physical harassment.
Proposal pending with State govt
Speaking to Sakal Times, PMRDA Chief Kiran Gitte said that the proposal to include elected members have been sent to the State government for approval.
"The current act does not have this provision, however, a proposal has been sent to the government. Also, in our last meeting, we have tried to include more than 10 elected members. Hence, I want to assure that the participation of elected members will be increased soon," said Gitte.