Reservation: PCMC Appeals for Citizen Cooperation in Maratha Community Survey

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Varad Bhatkhande
Pimpri Chinchwad, 28th January 2024: The Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes has initiated a comprehensive survey of the Maratha community and open category households in Pimpri Chinchwad. The survey, aimed at evaluating social, educational, and economic backwardness, is being carried out by Government Officers and Employees. Commencing on the 23rd of January, 2024, the survey is scheduled to continue until the 31st of January, 2024.

PCMC Assistant Commissioner, Avinash Shinde, expressed concerns about the adequacy of training provided to staff for this significant undertaking. Despite the Gokhale Institute appointing trainers, only two sessions have taken place, leaving staff unprepared for the overwhelming workload and tight deadlines. Shinde, however, highlighted the dedicated efforts being made to address the situation.

Addressing the hesitancy observed among citizens, Shinde emphasized the importance of patience and coordination. Guidelines have been issued to survey takers, instructing them to interact patiently, explain the survey’s significance, and document reasons for unwillingness to provide information. Shinde appealed to citizens to actively cooperate, recognizing their crucial role in the survey process.

Sanjivan Sangale, president of the Chikhli-Moshi-Charholi Pimpri Chinchwad Housing Society Federation, advised societies to collaborate with surveyors. He urged the government to schedule survey activities in the evening to accommodate working citizens, enhancing participation.

Dattatraya Deshmukh, Chairman of Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Society Federation, stressed the survey’s significance in determining the fate of Maratha reservation. He called on the government to prioritize the survey and appoint qualified individuals for its success, urging broader community collaboration.

Sachin Londhe, Vice Chairman of the Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Society Federation, assured residents’ collaboration with surveyors after verification of government-issued ID cards. He emphasized the importance of residents being briefed on the nature of survey questions.