Mumbai: The Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey circulated instructions banning the officials from taking part in the meetings and tours arranged by non-government people including the leaders of the opposition or members of Parliament. The guidelines by the government asked officials to follow the instructions laid out by the ministers only.
The Government Resolution (GR) also instructed the district collector to chart out the pending works raised by the MLAs and MPs and organise a meeting once in a month in his office and analyse the works.
A couple of days ago Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray called the state-wide tours of Devendra Fadnavis, Opposition Leader, as ‘disaster tourism’. The GR was issued after the incident.
Even distinguished politicians have been travelling across the state, meeting people and scrutinizing the infrastructure and the preparedness to combat the COVID-19 and avail people.
Apart from Devendra Fadnavis, his counterpart in Council, Pravin Darekar, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar are the other active non-government politicians who have been holding meetings and tours. As per the government’s accord, the officials should refrain themselves from attending these meetings and tours.
Pravin Darekar battered the GR calling is as “murder of democracy”. He also said the government is veiling its failures. "We had appraised the government on what we had observed in our tours so that there could be better coordination. The government is trying to restrict our movements. Still, we have other avenues to reach out to the people," Pravin Darekar said.