mahasabha-2After a long break due to election code of conduct, the NMMC General Body meeting was held with a lot of discussions on crucial subjects. Pending since March 2009, the state government sent “Hawker’s Policy” was finally tabled and approved at NMMC General Body Meeting. It may be recalled that after nation wide protest and a case in Supreme Court, the court had ordered the center to form a national hawker’s policy to bring all hawkers of the country under one uniform law. It was after this that the Urban Development Depts of all states including Maharashtra formed the “Hawker’s Policy”. This policy was sent by the state to the NMMC for approval in March 2009 however after close to two years, the policy was tabled, discussed and finally approved at NMMC. Corporators of all parties gave their suggestions and objections to the policy during the discussions. Some significant suggestions included : * Hawkers should be tax payers and should be a resident of Navi Mumbai for atleast three years. * No hawker should be given permission to sit on footpaths * PAPs should be given priority * The areas that are hawker free should not be included in these zones. * Video shooting of surprise visits to check on the hawkers in every node. * Local corporators should be included in the committee for hawkers. * Hawkers should be categorized. * They should be given license and a NMMC identity card. * There should be a vigilance squad. * There should be periodic action against illegal hawkers. Members objected to the idea of having food plazas saying that they would be misused like junka baakars in the city. Some members also demanded that NMMC should first free hawkers from footpaths then implement the new hawker’s policy. After the approval, the NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede informed that the NMMC General Body has approved the “Hawkers’ Policy” with suggestions, which will be forwarded to the state now for approval. The opposition however was against the approving of the policy in this meet. Congress’s Dashrath Bhagat said that they had demanded for more time but the ruling front did not allow it. However the Mayor justified their stance by saying that the policy was way too delayed already and that is why they approved it. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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