Gadchiroli April 20 (District Correspondent) Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (Maha Anis) has demanded that the state government should publicly apologize for the deaths of the people which took place in the recent ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award giving function at Kharghar.
In a statement issued here Mr. Vilas Nimborkar, State executive member of Anis has said that many people lost their lives and many were injured due to serious errors and sloppy planning in organizing the Maharashtra Bhushan Awards organized by the Maharashtra government at Kharghar, Mumbai. The government and local organizers are solely responsible for the mishap during the program as the devotees were asked to attend the award ceremony at inconvenient hours, he added.
Condemning the incident, Anis has demanded that the Maharashtra government, its administration and police, the disaster management department and the chief officials of Shri Parivar should also take responsibility and issue a public apology for the incident.
The program was held in the presence of Union Home Minister, State Chief Minister, Home Minister, officials of many ministers. The entire government system was engaged in this work. The leaders in the government held this program under the sun for one person, for their own political gain. Crores of rupees were spent from the government exchequer, which is a matter of concern.
Government of Maharashtra, its administration and police, disaster management department and the chief officials of Shri Parivar should also take responsibility and issue a public apology for the incident.
The Maharashtra Bhushan Award program has definitely not become a matter of pride for Maharashtra. Was it really necessary for the government to spend crores of rupees on this program? People have noticed that the government made this award ceremony a party-sponsored ceremony by putting the entire government system to work. This incident happened due to the unforgivable irresponsibility of the organizers, though the deaths were caused due to sun stroke, pointed out Nimborkar.
The government should take moral responsibility for the deaths and seek apology from the people of Maharashtra, Nimborkar has demanded.