Names of people who do not belong to Mohali figure on the Municipal Corporation lists which were prepared after a survey of street vendors, a BJP councillor has alleged. A survey was conducted by a private company to identify the street vendors in Mohali in order to implement the Street Vendors Act. The councillors were asked to assist the MC teams in verifying the lists in their respective wards. A total of 1,613 vendors were identified for issuance of licences. BJP councillor Ashok Jha claims that when he went with the MC team to verify the list, he found that people who belong to Chandigarh, Panchkula and even Rajashtan were identified as genuine street vendors in Mohali and their names figured on the survey lists.
“I have documents which can prove that the local vendors were ignored. There is a big scam in the survey. Some people want to favour their own people as the elections are near but we will not let it happen and we will expose the scam in the House meeting,” said Ashok Jha. Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi, too, said that he would raise the issue in the House as well as in the meeting of the Street Vending Committee. Mayor Kulwant Singh was not available for comment. Asserting that he was not satisfied with the survey, Senior Deputy Mayor Manjeet Singh Sethi said that he would talk to the mayor and recommend that the survey should be reconducted.