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Dhule gets first Muslim Municipal Commissioner
Monday August 5, 2013 11:33 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

The North Maharashtra's tribal district headquarter Dhule on Saturday got its first Muslim Municipal Corporation in Daulat Khan Pathan.

Pathan assumed the charge of his office on Saturday twenty five days after Jeevan Sonawane, who worked as Dhule Municipal Commissioner for about two years, was transferred to Bhiwandi.

Pathan, a Maharashtra Civil Officer, had earlier worked on similar posts in Akola and Amravati.

Dhule has about 35% Muslim population. It was in news in January this year for the communal riot which left the city tense for about a month. The riot occurred months before the Municipal Corporation election to be held in December, 2013.

Pathan's appointment is seen as a move to attract the minority community which is upset by the poor handling of the riot by the administration.

Besides the challenges on basic infrastructure and insufficient drinking water, Patan faces financial problem arising out of the imposition of Local Body Tax (LBT) in place of Octroi. He however exuded confidence that he would manage the affairs of the civic body effectively and would overcome the challenges.

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