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New NMC chief Mundhe directs removal of pics of deities

Press Trust of India  |  Nashik 

After assuming charge as Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mundhe, known as an upright IAS officer, has directed removal of photos as well as idols of deities from various civic departments.

Citing rules, Mundhe directed officials to remove images as well as idols of deities from offices of various departments as well as from the office of his in the NMC building, sources said today.

Mundhe's orders have been complied with, they said.

The government had last year directed the civic bodies to remove photos of gods or religious figures from the offices and state-run schools as solicitation of any religion by displaying signs and performing rituals was against the provisions of the Constitution.

Before Mundhe took up the reins, NMC officials and employees of various departments used to perform puja every Thursday and Saturday.

He also directed officials to avoid interacting with media on Mondays.

Mundhe, who was serving as Chairman and Managing Director, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd, was transferred to last week. The 2005 replaced as the NMC chief.

In 2016, the NCP-headed Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had moved a no-confidence motion against Mundhe who was serving as the there.

Mundhe had cracked a against illegal constructions and encroachments linked to some Navi Mumbai politicians, in October 2016.

However, the suspended the motion in November that year.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 22:10 IST