holding-pond-3The big story this week has been Sandeep Thakur winning against NMMC in the case of the illegal garden at Vashi’s holding pond. A case for which not only did Commissioner Vijay Nahata remain present in the Mumbai High Court but was even forced to remove the illegal garden at Vashi’s holding pond. The case has reinstated city’s faith in the judicial system and has compelled one to question “Will another High Court order force NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata to implement 10% reservation for the poor at Hiranandani Fortis”? * JUNE 9, 2009 – GENERAL BODY APPROVES 10% RESERVATION POLICY It was an outcome of NMTV continuously following up the 10% reservation for the poor at Hiranandani Fortis that former NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik called for a special general body meeting of corporators to approve the 10% reservation for the poor. After the meeting, the members approved the 10% reservation policy. In that special meeting, corporators asked the Commissioner to present a detailed proposal for implementation of the policy with cost of consumables and tests to the Standing Committee for a final approval and implementation of the policy. At that time speaking to NMTV News, Sandeep Naik had said that since the 10% policy is the right of the public it should be open to amendments and changes as and when required. He had voiced happiness that corporators of all parties had come together to discuss the policy and approve it at the special general body meeting. * FEBRUARY 15, 2010 – STANDING COMMITTEE APPROVES 10% RESERVATION POLICY After the approval of the general body, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata took nearly 7 months to present the final proposal of the 10% reservation policy to the Standing Committee. After detailed deliberations, the proposal was approved on February 15, 2010. Speaking to the media at that time, former Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik said that the Commissioner had confirmed that all clauses of members were acceptable to Hiranandani – Fortis. The Chairman had also voiced satisfaction that finally the facility of super specialty at the poor man’s hospital will be open for the poor. Little did the corporators of NMMC and MLA Sandeep Naik know that the proposal they had approved in the general body and series of Standing Committee meeting were in vain ! * APRIL 17, 2010 – NMTV BEGINS “JUSTICE FOR POOR” MOVEMENT When the implementation of the policy continued to be delayed, NMTV started its movement “Justice for the Poor” and has been reporting in our series how NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata continues to demonstrate unjustified delay in implementing the policy. * APRIL 24, 2010 – MLA SANDEEP NAIK CALLS FOR TERMINATING AGREEMENT WITH FORTIS We started our series with a meeting with MLA Sandeep Naik – the man who played a significant role in approving the 10% reservation policy. We informed him that according to the Commissioner, he will present a new policy for approval of the new Standing Committee once the new house is formed on May 9. This irresponsible behavior of the NMMC administration even irked MLA Sandeep Naik who said that if Fortis does not want to agree to their proposal; the administration should terminate the agreement. * MAY 1, 2010 – THANE GUARDIAN MINISTER GANESH NAIK ASKS FORTIS TO LEAVE NMMC HOSPITAL When we met Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in whose presence the NMMC – Hiranandani tie up was officially announced in a glittering ceremony at NMMC Hospital. When we spoke to him on the delay in the implementation of the 10% reservation policy, the Minister said that if Fortis was not accepting their proposal, they should leave the poor man’s hospital. * MAY 8, 2010 – DOES NMMC COMMISSIONER VIJAY NAHATA NEED ANOTHER HIGH COURT ORDER TO IMPLEMENT 10% RESERVATION FOR THE POOR? In the midst of all this drama, the High Court summoned Commissioner Vijay Nahata in the case of the illegal garden within Vashi’s holding pond. In NMMC’s history, this might be the first time that a Commissioner was summoned to court for dereliction of duty. After the summons order, the Commissioner was forced to remove the illegal garden. Had Commissioner Vijay Nahata fulfilled the calls of his duty, he would not have had to face the High Court’s wrath. So does the Commissioner need another High Court order to implement the 10% reservation for the poor at Fortis because despite the general body and standing committee approval and the Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik order, the Commissioner is not implementing the policy. According to social activist Sandeep Thakur, if it goes to such an extent, then Commissioner should decide because it would be regrettable that the Commissioner of NMMC has to be in court for such small issues. If a High Court order will force NMMC to implement the 10% reservation for the poor, then it would be shameful not only for the NMMC Commissioner but even the corporators and leaders of Navi Mumbai.

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