State asks MSEB to probe Chhota Pakistan error

The Maharashtra government has taken a serious note of MSEB terming minority dominated areas in Nalasopara Chhota Pakistan. It has asked the state minority commission to look into the matter and the commission has written to MSEB to fix responsibility and submit a report.

"We have taken cognizance of the matter and asked the minority commission to look into the issue," Thanksy Thekkekara, additional chief secretary, minority development department, said.

Residents of the Muslim-dominated Santosh Bhuvan have been receiving bills from MSEB officially calling the area Chhota Pakistan.

The minority commission has asked MSEB to check which officer gave the go-ahead for the reference.

"Such incidents show the communal mindset of certain officials. The incident could not have taken place without the backing of senior officials," commission chairman Munaf Hakeem said.

The commission has also asked MSEB to check if there are similar cases in other parts of the state.

MSEB, meanwhile, claimed the term Chhota Pakistan was used by applicants themselves when they applied for power connections. "A man in his first application and also in a subsequent one used Chhota Pakistan. However, we agree it was wrong to use it," MSEB spokesperson Ram Dotonde said.

He claimed only 3-4 connections had addresses in which the term Chhota Pakistan was used.

MSEB has instituted an inquiry under Vasai suprintending engineer Dinesh Sabu asking him to submit a report within 15 days.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.