NCP marches on as Congress sulks

After 2 inaugurations last week, NCP names scholarship scheme after party chief's mother

The Congress city unit is still sulking over the NCP stealing a march on it last week but the ruling NCP in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is concentrating on further strengthening its position in the city.

After a couple of inaugurations that made waves in the city last week, the NCP on Tuesday got a scholarship scheme for meritorious students of civic schools named after Sharda Pawar, the mother of party president Sharad Pawar.

The PMC's new scholarship of Rs 51,000 is for civic school students of class 10 and 12 who score over 85 per cent in board exams. "It was not named after anyone. So we decided to name it after Sharda Pawar," said Baburao Chandere, chairperson of the standing committee.

Four years ago, the PMC had introduced another scheme to award Class 10 students Rs 15,000 and class 12 students Rs 25,000 if they score over 80 per cent in board exams and if they are residents of PMC area. The class 10 scheme is named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and class 12 scheme after Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe.

The proposal to name the new scheme was tabled by NCP corporators Appa Renuse and Vishal Tambe. "There was no name for it and the name approved by the committee without opposition from any party," said Chandere, who is also NCP corporator.

NCP corporators also got approved a proposal to spend civic funds to provide books to aided schools in the city. "Reading habits are declining among school students. It was decided to provide books to aided schools from PMC funds, to encourage reading habits of students," said Chandere.

PMC funds at the ward level are used for development projects like installing benches at public places, road repair, and waterline works but now, the money can be used to purchase books for aided schools.

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