Mahesh Zagade – Cast in a different mould
Top IAS Officer cuts down daughter’s wedding expense – donates to CM’s Relief Fund
By the ACROSS STATE Team
There are very few people whose actions speak more for them than their words as IAS Mahesh Zagade is one among them. Though he was doing well in his job in MNC he was not quite content with his life as he always wanted to do something noteworthy for the betterment of society.
While working in MNC, he started studying for competitive exams and joined the IAS in 1993. He is now happy to be posted at Mantralaya in Mumbai. His colleagues are all praise for his honesty and integrity. His credentials as a sincere and a hard working officer are paying him to a great extent.
Sanjay M Bhaire, Editor-In-Chief, Across State and Across Mumbai got an opportunity to meet Mahesh at his Office early this week. Bhaire brought before him the irregularities, illegal encroachments and unauthorized constructions rampant in the city and suburbs with the civic body officials paying scant regard to it. Zagade was very cooperative and assured Bhaire that orders will be given to the civic officials to take immediate and stringent action against such illegal encroachments and constructions.
When IAS Zagade was FDA Commissioner, he began enforcing various legal provisions in different existing legislations; he had to face stiff opposition from many quarters. An agitation was launched against him by chemists’ associations. Fortunately, Zagade has been able to continue his relentless campaign mainly due to his firm conviction that a patient’s life is more precious than any business or commercial consideration. Now working as a Commissioner of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), Zagade is recalling and sharing his experience about his past postings and current progress of PMRDA in his interaction with ACROSS STATE.
There is a dire need for an IAS Officer of the stature of Mahesh Zagade to be included in RTI cell. Chief Minister would do well to consider his name as the Maharashtra State Information Commissioner. Of late a plethora of complaints have been filed against P-South Ward civic officials highlighting their callous attitude towards the growing menace of unauthorized and illegal constructions within their jurisdiction. In this connection a complaint has also been forwarded to the PM’s Office via web portal for public grievances which is reproduced herein.
On Independence Day, the ostentatious IAS of Maharashtra introduced came into his own. By breaking the protocol, he gave his driver due respect, the honor that the driver could never imagine. The driver will never have imagined that he would be asked to hoist the flag at the official residence of IAS officer. The Metropolitan Development Authority CEO Mahesh Zagade on the occasion of Independence Day saw to it that the national tri- color was unfurled outside his official residence in Pune at the hands of his driver with a message and said that if the smallest of them are so respected then how much of them can be the communication of excitement.
The entire staff was stunned to see a humble worker hoisting the national flag in the presence of several dignitaries including the IAS Officer. Later they applauded both of them for their simplicity and dignity.
.Mahesh Zagade is considered as honest officers of Maharashtra. While working in the Foods and Drugs Department, he has taken action against several major companies. The special thing about this IAS officer is that the money that he had saved for his daughter’s wedding, he deposited Rs. 2.11 lakhs with the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Later the CM Fadnavis thanked him through his twitter handle and also posted a picture of the amount donated.
His daughter got married at a time when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had demonetized the currency and there was shortage of funds. However, Zagade got his daughter married at a very simple ceremony and there were not many expenses.
When he was a Transport Commissioner, Mahesh brought down corruption significantly. He broke the unholy alliance between brokers and officers in the Transport Ministry. After confrontation with the departmental minister, he got transferred to Pune which caused several eyebrows to be raised..
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