MLA makes sur­prise visit to Vashi’s ETC, de­mands probe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - MLA Manda Mha­tre at ETC in Vashi on Thurs­day. G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MLA Manda Mha­tre, who re­cently op­posed con­struc­tion of two new Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Ser­vice Cen­tre (ETC) for PWDs, schools by NMMC for spe­cial chil­dren in the city, made a sur­prise visit to the ETC school in Vashi on Thurs­day.

She has de­manded a thor­ough probe into the func­tion­ing of the cen­tre claim­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. Mha­tre stated that if mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe does not con­duct the probe, she will get it done through other sources.

Speak­ing af­ter her visit, Mha­tre said, “NMMC spends 3% of its bud­get on ETC. De­spite this, I found the num­ber of stu­dents ben­e­fit­ting from the cen­tre very low. The of­fi­cials claimed that 300 stu­dents are reg­is­tered, but I found the classes empty.”

She added, “NMMC has been tak­ing de­mo­li­tion ac­tion against struc­tures that have not got OC. ETC still does not have an OC, why has the com­mis­sioner al­lowed it to func­tion? If it doesn’t have OC, then it is not safe to use.”

Mha­tre said, “Some rooms had stocks of pri­vate orgni­sa­tions kept with­out of­fi­cial sanc­tion.”

She added, “I also found lots of uni­forms, bags, rain­coats ly­ing in a room. Why have they not been given to the stu­dents and if they were given, why was no one wear­ing them?”

Tar­get­ting, ETC di­rec­tor Var­sha Bha­gat, she said, “She was not present to­day. There are lots of is­sues with the teach­ers ap­pointed as well with some per­ma­nent teach­ers be­ing sacked and oth­ers taken on con­tract.”

Mha­tre said, “There is a need for a thor­ough probe and I will ask the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner to con­duct it. Pub­lic money is be­ing used at the cen­tre and hence there is a need for clar­ity on it.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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