Member of Parliament Gopal Shetty has written to Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeking that a circular passed by the previous government banning the entry of new shoeshining boys at Mumbai’s railway stations be withdrawn.
Shetty, MP from the Mumbai North constituency, was speaking at the inaugural function of a new booking office at Andheri railway station on Monday.
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He also inaugurated a mechanised linen care centre at the Grant Road station and a Special Lounge at CST station. He also inaugurated two special ICU coaches on Central Railway for its disaster management system and the once-famous dining car in the Deccan Queen Express, all at a function held at Andheri station.
Railway officials said there had been complaints from commuters regarding the “boot polishwallahs” on the railway platforms, who reportedly added to the chaos at stations — especially during peak hours. The government had then issued a circuar banning any new shoeshine boys from being permitted on railway premises.
Shetty, sharing details of his letter to Prabhu, said, “I have put the demand that the circular issued by the earlier ruling government be withdrawn by the Railways… I think they (boot polishwallahs) too should get the right to earn their bread and butter.”