Monday, June 5, 2017

DRDO’ again refuses chariot for palkhi procession


PUNE: The Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory, has decided to not provide its chariot for the annual Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi procession will be began on June 17.

Recently, an official communication in this regard was sent to the Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Sansthan Trust (SDMST) in Alandi, which manages the procession.

Confirming the development, SDMST president Ajit Kulkarni said, "We have received a communication from the Research and Development Establishment (E) authorities stating that the chariot will not be given for the procession henceforth. They have not specified a reason. It is their entirely decision."

According to Kulkarni, the particular chariot had been used for the procession between 2013 and 2015. "Last year, the laboratory's authorities had cited that there was some technical glitch in the chariot and hence they could not provide it. Since the chariot is in their possession, we were not aware about its actual status," Kulkarni added.


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