Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackerays proposal for 24×7 eateries,chemists and milk shops in the city was passed by the BMC general body on Saturday.
While corporators across the political spectrum were in favour of the proposal put forward by independent corporator Makarand Narvekar,only corporators belonging to the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP and independent corporators approved of it during the meeting.
Opposition members caused an uproar in the House and refused to approve the proposal before discussing a policy on dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.
We are in favour of the proposal. We believe Mumbaikars deserve to have basic facilities available at their disposal 24×7 especially since people are always on the move in the city. But we asked the Mayor to bring the proposal up for discussion after we discuss the building collapse which is currently of much more importance. The Mayor,however,refused to listen to us and simply passed the proposal, said Congress corporator Mohsin Haider.
Leader of the House,Shiv Sena corporator Yashodhar Phanse,said,There were a few notices of motion on the agenda and all of them were passed. This not only included the 24×7 eateries proposal but also a proposal to reopen the case of the land allotment to the Mumbai Cricket Association. There is a certain procedure for these meetings that we had to follow.
Mayor Sunil Prabhu said,We passed the proposal promptly so that we can move on to discuss the building collapse crisis. Once the government approves of the proposal,the civic shops and establishments department can work on a policy for its implementation. These things will take time for the corporation and the government so we had to forward it quickly.
The proposal suggests amendments to the Bombay Shops and Establishment Act,1948,and the Bombay Police Act,1951. Some of these include safeguards against exploitation of labour mandating two work-shifts a day.
Thackeray,in a Facebook post Sunday,announced the corporations approval for the proposal.