After shortage of mementos at the felicitation function on the last Independence Day,the PMC is not taking any chances this time round. Last year,it had to send back around 200 of the 453 citizens who were to be honoured for their achievements and contribution to society as per corporators recommendations.
This time,however,the civic body was extra cautious and the mayor restricted the number of citizens for felicitation by not allowing more than one recommendation per corporator and five of office-bearers.
For years,PMC has been felicitating citizens on I-Day and Republic Day. However,the idea was lost with corporators recommending many to please citizens of their wards. There was too much chaos last year and many people had lined up for felicitation. The administration had a tough time managing things, said municipal secretary Sunil Parkhi.
Outgoing mayor Vaishali Bankar,who recommended five citizens for felicitation,said the administration has been given strict instructions for considering only one recommendation of a corporator and five of office-bearers.
Despite new directions,a few corporators and office-bearers recommended more names than allowed. Among these were NCP leader Balasaheb Bodke (11 names) and standing committee chairperson Vishal Tambe (six). There was a last-minute rush as many corporators tried to push names.