Taking lead in the ongoing agitation by lakhs of tribals from the predominantly tribal talukas of Thane district, who are opposed to Palghar being the headquarters of the new district which will come into being from August 01, senior leader of the ruling NCP and secretary of the party's State Unit Rajaram Mukane and Chairman of the Kashtakari Sangathana Kaluram Dodhade yesterday gave an ultimatum to the state government to rethink the decision.
The ultimatum was given as a notice served to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner, in keeping with the appeal for objections and suggestions regarding the bifurcation of Thane district and Palghar being headquarter of the new district, the deadline for which expires on today (July 15).
Speaking with UNI today powerful Jawhar leader and former president of the Jawhar Municipal Council Adv. Mukane alleged that the state government had fallen prey to pressure from political parties and the administration while accepting the suggestion that Palghar be the headquarters of the new district.
'This decision of the state government will prove to be a death knell for the tribals of the district who are already reeling under several problems. They will not at all be better off,' he said.
He also further questioned the retention of the office of the Additional Collector at Jawhar and said that the notification issued regarding the bifurcation does not have a mention of the same and hence it has no legal validity.
Criticising the state government's methods, Mukane and Dodade said, 'the state government was so clever that it has already shifted three offices -- of the EGS, Rehabilitation and District Supply Office -- which are of prime importance to the tribals and were operating since long from Jawhar to Thane in the recent weeks. Thus this indicates that ultimately the entire administration will happen from Palghar and not Jawhar -- leaving the people of the tribal talukas of Jawhar, Mokhada, Vikramgadh, Wada and Talasari high and dry.' MORE UNI XR JF SM1341 NNNN
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