The state government announces 50 per cent reservation to mill workers under the MMRDA housing scheme.
With an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha election the state government has announced that mill workers will be entitled to receive 50 per cent reservation in the MMMRA housing projects. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had signed a General Resolution (GR) in this regard. For many years, Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti has been demanding houses for mill workers. They have also held various protests and organised press conference in support of their demands. The government has promised to provide houses to the mill workers earlier but it failed to fulfil it citing the excuse of non availability of land for building houses.
Earlier the government had also begun an online lottery system for the allotment of houses to mill workers. Despite this the workers failed to get the possession of houses as they began protests against the government. Some mill workers nonetheless are unimpressed with the scheme announced by the government as they are not sure whether they will get the possession of houses.
Mill worker leader, Uday Bhat questioned about the veracity of the decision and said, “Why did the government failed to take a decision in the interest of mill workers for last 30 years? The decision is politically motivated taking into consideration the Lok Sabha election.”
Bhatt also made serious allegation against the state government and said, “The construction of MHADA flats is yet to be completed then how will they provide house to mill workers?”
Pravin Patil a mill worker from Chinchpokli said, “The government makes several announcement before election. However, they fail to honour their promises after winning election and remain inaccessible to people. They also have started fooling people by airing advertisements about various housing schemes which will remain only on paper.”
On the other hand, some mill workers were pleased with the announcement made by the government to provide houses for the mill workers. Lauding the efforts of the state Government, Data Isrulkar, Mill workers union said, “Four months ago, Chief Minister promised us that he will provide flats to displaced mill workers. He has fulfilled his promise by signing the GR. We are happy with the decision taken by the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.”