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Anti-encroachment drive: Activists come together in support of BMC officer

NGOs and social activists have together written a letter to the BMC and Mumbai Police chiefs supporting the BMC staff for taking effective action against encroachments like hawkers and structures in Dadar station area

Leading civic activists and non-governmental organisations from Mumbai have lent their support to the civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) assistant commissioner DK Jain who has been allegedly held responsible by a politically motivated union for the death of newspaper vendor during his anti-hawker drives around Dadar station following a Supreme Court order.
According to the rules—hawkers at no-hawking zone, hoardings at traffic signals and authorised slum structures where alternate accommodation is given—are deemed as encroachment and have to be razed down or evacuated by the civic body.

NGOs (non-government organisations) such as India Against Corruption, Mumbai 227, Flank Road Citizens’ Forum and Moneylife Foundation have together written a letter to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte and police commissioner Arup Patnaik supporting the BMC staff for taking effective action against encroachments from hawkers and structures and calling for a high-level understanding between municipal and police authorities to provide support while carrying out firm action against such encroachments.

“We, as voluntary organisations of the citizens also seek properly co-ordinated support from both authorities, to the staff of municipal wards and police stations, request both BMC and Mumbai Police co-ordinate actions of your staff to enable them to take effective steps against encroachments,” says the letter.

According to a news report, Brihanmumbai Vruttapatra Vikreta Sangh (BVSS), led by senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai, had called municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte with a demand that a First Information Report (FIR) be lodged against Mr Jain for the death of the vendor on 10th May after his illegal stall was removed, leading to a cardiac arrest. They alleged that Mr Jain had thrashed the vendor, which led to his death. The association had also called a day’s strike on 19th May demanding stern action against Mr Jain.

However, the BMC had refuted all allegations saying that the vendor died in hospital after his relative admitted him, when suffered the cardiac attack. 

Ashok Ravat, president of Citizens Forum, G/North and member of advance locality movement (ALM), Shivaji Park (Dadar), who is also spearheading the signature campaign, told Moneylife, “One ward (of BMC) has already contacted us for the help they require. Others will also seek assistance. Meanwhile, the movement is definitely gaining momentum.”

“This eviction drive has given complete relief to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the crowded Dadar station. The whole strike was politically motivated. The municipal commissioner himself has said on record that the cause of death has nothing do with the eviction drive,” says Nagesh Kini, member of Mogul Lane - Mahim, ALM, who is active in designing this signature campaign. Mr Kini has successfully collected 53 signatures and also written a letter to the municipal commissioner.

Bhaskar Prabhu, convenor Mahiti Adhikar Manch, a Right to Information (RTI) forum says that, “The BMC achieved what has been impossible in any other part of Mumbai that is in eliminating the hawker menace for a good six weeks. If we, the citizens fail to offer support, then cases of hawkers working with politicians and the police to attack and harass ordinary citizens who protest against them will only increase.”

The campaign is supported by eminent activists from various fields including Indrani Malkani, member of an ALM, GR Vora, a Mumbai-based RTI activist, Sumaira Abdulali of Awaaz Foundation and Ashok Datar, a well know transport activist, among others. 

“With the support of citizens, G/North ward staff now feels empowered to continue the action against all types of encroachment,” adds Mr Ravat.




5 years ago

Good job.

Citizens drive is immensely helpful to keep municipals on their feet. Most of Mumbai is a slum.

Dinesh B

5 years ago

Very good job done.We have the same problem in Borivali West.(Right from Indraprastha Shopping Centre to Goragandhi Apts.)In Borivali we have hawkers sitting around Railway Station,Police Chowki and even right around BMC Ward Office.There is no place to walk.One has to walk on the Road.


5 years ago

Good work by citizens in support of lawful actions!

IDBI Federal launches 'Termsurance' for senior citizens

The plan, for people aged 50-85 years, does not require customers to go through any medical tests, submit medical reports or answer any health questions and is for whole of life and is entitled for deduction of tax

Mumbai: Private insurer IDBI Federal Life Insurance on Monday launched its maiden online product, IDBI Federal Termsurance Seniors Insurance Plan, targetted at people in age group of 50-85 years, reports PTI.

"There are a sizable number of people who would have missed taking an insurance cover when young. Termsurance Seniors Insurance Plan is designed to secure the next of kin so they are not left dependent on the next generation. This will help parents become self-reliant. With Termsurance Seniors, it will never be too late to get covered," IDBI Federal Life Insurance managing director and chief executive GV Nageswara Rao said in a release.

The unique plan, for people aged 50-85 years, does not require customers to go through any medical tests, submit medical reports or answer any health questions and is for whole of life and is entitled for deduction of tax.

The premium payment term is till the age of 90 years and the plan is designed to keep the premium same from the start, while the cover will continue for the whole of life of the insured person.

Under the Plan, in case of death of the insured person after two years of commencement of policy, sum insured will be paid to the beneficiary, provided regular payment of premiums have been made.

In case of death of the insured person is within 2 years from the commencement of the policy, the nominee will get 125% of the total premiums paid.

"The unique feature of no medicals in Termsurance Seniors has helped us design a simple and easy three-step online purchase process. Customers have to just calculate the premium, enter nominee details and make the payment to secure a policy," IDBI Federal Life Insurance Head, Marketing and Product Management, Aneesh Khanna said.

IDBI Federal Life Insurance is a joint-venture of IDBI Bank, Federal Bank and Ageas, a multinational insurance giant based out of Europe.


CID meet mulls on devising mechanism to tackle MLM, MCS cases

In the last few years, scores of companies indulging in MLM and MCS have mushroomed under the cover of land development, sale of health products, e-magazines, consumer durables and even 'watching and grading' of advertisements

Hyderabad: A staggering sum of Rs1 lakh crore is supposedly in transaction in the guise of multi-level marketing (MLM) and money circulation schemes (MCS) across the country, posing a major challenge to the Crime Investigation Departments (CIDs) of various states dealing with white-collar offences, reports PTI.

In the last few years, scores of companies indulging in MLM and MCS have mushroomed under the cover of land development, sale of health products, e-magazines, consumer durables and even 'watching and grading' of advertisements.

It is estimated that more than 10 million gullible people are affected by MLM and MCS in the country and these businesses have inter-state ramifications, according to Additional Director General of Andhra Pradesh's CID SV Ramana Murthy.

The issue was discussed at length at the two-day conference of the chiefs of CIDs of southern state in Hyderabad last week, wherein it was agreed to devise a mechanism to deal effectively with MLM and MCS cases. The states have also agreed to make suitable amendments to the laws to deal with these white-collar crimes.

The issue of "vanishing companies", as complained by the Registrar of Companies (RoC), was also discussed.

"Tackling such fly-by night operators has been a major problem for the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) as well as the police.

Across the country, directors/promoters of many companies which never undertook any economic activity were able to make good money by cheating the investors through manipulative tactics by floating Initial Public Offers (IPO), collecting crores of rupees and misappropriating the same. It was decided to initiate action against promoters and directors of such companies under the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," Murthy said.

In AP, the RoC reported 18 cases of vanishing companies with the total misappropriated amount running to Rs74 crore. While seven of the cases were under investigation by the CID, one was pending trial. The Hyderabad city police was dealing with nine cases and the Cyberabad police was probing one.

"We have decided to evolve a mechanism for dealing with all such cases so that the culprits are brought to book at the earliest," the CID ADG said.

The other major issue that came up for discussion at the CID chiefs' conference was the counterfeiting of Indian currency that has become "a serious threat to national security from within and outside the country."

"Counterfeit currency in India has become a menace and national concern posing threat to currency management and economic strength. High quality fake currency is manufactured in India by various organizations/agencies and circulated across the country with an aim to destabilize the financial system and cripple the economy," Murthy observed.

It was decided to network with the member states and working out the Source, Transit and Distribution of fake currency.

Many of the accused arrested by the AP Police in West Godavari, East Godavari, Kurnool, Prakasam districts and Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam cities belong to Malda and Musheerabad districts of West Bengal, according to the ADG.



Vikas Gupta

5 years ago

It is high time that these MLM Companies must be completely banned & Their Promoters should be booked to law. I think that North Indian States are not taking any actions against these Nexus particularly. MLMs are also in the field of Forex like Instant Forex.

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