Mumbai Hawkers Union, led by Sharad Rao, has decided to file a petition against the police and BMC officials for taking action against hawkers despite a Supreme Court order forbidding the same.
“Even though the chief minister has said not to take any action against hawkers in city till the process of issuing legal licences to them is completed, some police officers and civic officials are taking action, which is illegal. It is very serious contempt of the SC order dated September 9,” said Rao.
Rao added that the union will also request the Bombay high court to constitute a special bench, as per the SC order, to resolve the hawkers’ issues.
“Conscious efforts aren’t being made to constitute town vending committees, as per the SC order, as that will make it difficult for hafta collectors to get their share from hawkers,” alleged Rao.
The union has given a call for a one-day token strike and decided to lead a march to Mantralaya on November 11.
However, civic officials said action is being taken at places where people’s easement rights are getting affected, ie inconvenience caused to them due to illegal extensions by hawkers. “We are taking action against only the hawkers on the streets and against extensions done by them,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner. He added that the process of setting up town vending committees will be completed in a month.