Additional CEO of Akola district council accuses Ranjit Patil of publicly humiliating him
The opposition parties have criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government over the incident.mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2018 01:34 IST
Subhash Pawar, an additional chief executive officer (CEO) of Akola (584 kilometres from Mumbai) district council, has alleged that he was publicly humiliated and threatened by Ranjit Patil, guardian minister of Akola and minister of state for home, at a public meeting.
The senior official has now sought voluntary retirement Scheme (VRS) from the government job.
Patil, while admitting that he rebuked the officer for pendency of work at a public meeting, has denied the charges.
Patil had called a public meeting to address the grievances of Akola residents on Monday.
Pawar wrote to the secretary of the agriculture department, Aseem Gupta, seeking VRS while citing the alleged public humiliation as the reason on the same day.
“I was humiliated by the minister, who used unparliamentary language during the public meeting. This is despite the fact I was only representing the CEO and the issue was not directly related to me,” said Pawar in the letter.
“The minister was pressurizing me to approve a contract, which I refused to do citing violation of rules. The minister then said that he is the home minister and will see how to frame me and in which case,” he added.
“Since October, we have received 343 complaints, of which only 145 were addressed and 198 are still pending. That is why I scolded the officer as he should have been adequately prepared for the meeting,” said Patil.
“I have nothing personal against him and my only objective was to provide justice to the citizens,” Patil added.
The allegations made by Pawar are false as the incident happened in public, added Patil.
GD Kulthe, general secretary, Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Association, condemned the minister’s conduct.
“Pawar is a very good officer but was humiliated by the minister for no reason. We condemn the minister’s conduct and will ask chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to take the matter seriously,” Kulthe said.
The opposition parties have criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government over the incident.
Sachin Sawant, Congress spokesperson, said that the minister was forcing the officer to approve the contract, which was a violation of the rules.
He should be removed from his post immediately, said Sawant.
“This is how the BJP works. Ranjit Patil should be sacked from the minister’s post,” said Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson.