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Yeswhant Sonawane: A man of resolve who tried to bring change in Malegaon

Wednesday January 26, 2011 12:34:04 AM, Aleem Faizee,

Yeswhant Sonawane inspecting the Malegaon MIDC site

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Malegaon: In a shocking and gruesome incident the oil mafia January 25 burnt the Additional Collector of Malegaon, Yashwant Sonawane to death. He met with the unfortunate fate when he was on duty and on the way to attend a scheduled meeting in Nandgaon. Full two days after his untimely death, it is still hard to believe that the ever smiling officer and the one who was eager to help everyone is no more.


In fact, at around 06:00 PM January 24, he was giving the update of the important meeting he had finished at Mantralaya. The meeting was called by Maharashtra Minority Department to assess the options available to establish Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off-campus centre in Maharashtra. Yashwant Sonawane was representing Malegaon with the complete details of the land, the local administration had identified near Malegaon for the purpose. He was excited and pleased beyond limits.


"The meeting is over just now and I am calling right from the Mantralaya. I was the only district officer who had come with a concrete proposal. Now, I am sure we will make AMU off campus centre in Malegaon a reality", a beaming Yeshwant Sonawane was telling on phone.


Well aware of the importance of this project and believing the AMU off-campus centre if established in Malegaon would bring dramatic turnaround for the development of the entire region. Hence, ever since he was invited for the January 24 meeting, he was minutely taking notes of every single point.


"I don't want to leave a single point unaddressed", he had said to January 23 even though he was in Nasik and busy because of the Chief Minister's visit to the district headquarter.


Part of the triangle with his deputy and SDM Malegaon Ajay More and former Nashik Collector S Chokalingham earlier and now with P Velarasu, Yeshwant Sonawane was also instrumental in the establishment of the MIDC Industrial Area in Malegaon. Once done with this, he was tirelessly working for its extension plan.


"We should work on the projects having long term impact and capacity to sustain and give results for years and years", he used to say. In fact, he used to encourage people to approach him at any time.


"Malegaon ke liye aap kabhi bhi phone kijiye, main haazir hun", this was his general suggestion to every one. And, he really meant this and never returned anyone for howsoever small work they approached him.


The industrialists and investors were reluctant to come to Malegaon because of its long history of communal unrest and two terrorist attacks. Yeshwant Sonawane would always invite them by saying, "Riots and blasts to ab sabhi jagha hote hai ... They are not limited to Malegaon. That people of Malegaon also want development is evident from the fact that they remained peaceful after the two terrorist attacks."


Looking at his working style, it became very clear that he was so devout towards his duties that he always wanted to complete his assignments before others. This is why after receiving the government order to send proposals and draft of the measures to be taken as part of the state government's ambitious plan titled "Maharashtra after 25 years", he was perhaps the first in the state to call people with suggestions and proposals for the development of the region.


It is, however, now seems why he was in a hurry to complete his assignments. Perhaps, he had a feeling that he had very little time left. His death is an irreparable loss for the people of Malegaon and he would always be remembered as the one who tried hard to bring change in the region.






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