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‘I’m not a gram sevak’: Maharashtra minister Satej Patil to CBSE after picture ‘howler’

The picture in question, the minister's office says, is in the Social Science textbook of Class 3, printed on page No. 70 in a lesson on the duties and importance of gram panchayat.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 21, 2021 5:32:46 pm
Satej Patil's personal assistant Prashant Patil has sent a letter to CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja demanding the immediate removal of the photograph from the textbook. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

Maharashtra Minister of State (Home) Satej Patil has objected to a picture of himself in a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbook that allegedly addressed him as a ‘gram sevak’ in the caption. The minister has complained to CBSE about the “howler” and demanded immediate removal of the picture from the textbook.

The picture in question, the minister’s office says, is in the Social Science textbook of Class 3, printed on page No. 70 in a lesson on the duties and importance of gram panchayat. It uses a photo of the minister from a public function, the office says.

Patil’s personal assistant Prashant Patil has sent a letter to CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja demanding the immediate removal of the photograph from the textbook.

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“It is surprising that the reputed central board has printed the photograph without any verification. Patil is a senior Congress leader and reputed politician from Maharashtra. He has been serving his second term as a minister and has been a member of the legislative council. No wrong history should be taught to the children of this country. We hope the error is rectified by the board immediately, “ an officer from Satej Patil’s office said.

The minister said: “Our office people have already communicated this issue to CBSE Chairman and I hope they will resolve it at the earliest.”

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