Mayor makes official trip a family holiday

Jun 26, 2013, 08:40 IST | A correspondent

Vaishali Bankar took her husband and son, who is not even an adult, as representatives of an NGO on her official visit to South Korea

Mayor Vaishali Bankar was speechless at the recent General Body (GB) meeting after Opposition party in the civic body MNS asked for an explanation about the recent South Korea visit of a committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in which relatives of members also went as representatives of NGOs. 

In her reply, Bankar said she was unaware about the norms and precautions will be taken in the next trip.

Ruckus in the house: The MNS kicked up a furore in a Pune Municipal Corporation meeting over Mayor Vaishali Bankar taking her family on a South Korea trip by passing them of as representatives of an NGO. File pics

A PMC committee had visited Suseong-gu in South Korea. The team comprised elected members of the PMC, a PMC officer and relatives of elected members.

Vaishali Bankar

The mayor of Suseong-gu had invited them along with the members of some NGOs to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for friendly exchanges between the two cities.

Bankar’s husband Sunil Bankar and son Rushid accompanied mayor Bankar on the visit. Rushid, who was taken as a representative of an NGO, is not even an adult.

After raising this issue in the media and through civic activists, MNS staged a protest in the GB meeting. The party criticised authorities for misusing their powers by taking kin for an official visit. 

Bankar said, “Our family members were also invited for the South Korea visit. In the previous visits also family members accompanied the PMC committee.

Our families are involved in various social activities. In the next trip we will be careful.”

NCP leader in the PMC Subhash Jagtap’s son Shriniwas and corporator Baburao Chandere’s wife Sarala Chandere were also part of the trip.

Meanwhile, Vandana Chavan, MP and city president of the NCP, also criticised the Korea visit.

She said that it was an official trip of the civic body and elected members should not have taken family members.

“I will talk to the NCP authorities and we will definitely take strict action,” Chavan said.

Furore over illegal land scam in meeting
Shiv Sena and BJP topped work in the GB meeting for more than half an hour for not suspending Ramesh Shelar, Deputy Commissioner of PMC, who is allegedly involved in an illegal property scam.

Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak said that a special committee has been formed for an enquiry in the issue. The committee has demanded detailed information and documents on the property owned by Shelar and his wife. The information is expected before the month-end. After that, the vigilance committee of the PMC will take action.  

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