Pune: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave an earful to all district and civic administration officials of Pune city over their failure to bring the Covid-19 outbreak under control. “If a city like Mumbai with a population of over 1.5 crore can be brought under control then what is the problem with Pune with just one-third population? We have transferred officials and still, the situation is the same. Don’t force me to tell the same thing over and over again, please do your work responsibly,” CM Thackeray said to officials in a review meeting held on Thursday (July 30).
Along with Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also urged officials to realise their shortcomings. “If the Chief Minister has to drive down to Pune city to take a review meeting, then please realise that you have failed somewhere,” said Pawar while addressing officials.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Special Officer Saurabh Rao, District Collector Naval Kishor Ram, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham and other officials were present for the meeting. Thackeray held the meeting with officials after a review meeting with all elected representatives of Pune city and district was held earlier.
Thackeray said, “The central and state government is helping in every possible manner. We are providing all resources in time. If Mumbai can be brought under control by working over day and night then why not Pune? Please do keep coordination between agencies like Pune Municipal Corporation, District administration and Zilla Parishad. Trace the Covid-19 patients and persons in contact with them.”
Pawar said, “I won’t say the same thing again and again. Whatever is the ground situation, please inform the Chief Minister about it. If he has to drive down to Pune, then please realise that we have failed somewhere.” Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray and Labour Minister Dilip Walse Patil also gave some instructions to officials during the meeting.