MNS protest TMC’s decision of relaxing domicile certificate condition for hawkers

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s student wing Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena wrote to Thane Municipal Corporation’s Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal to reverse the relaxation of not submitting domicile certificate with regards to hawkers


In the month of September, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjiv Jaiswal who also heads the town vending committee that deals with the hawkers’ licenses, relaxed the condition of producing domicile certificate for hawkers and declared that residence proof would be mandatory.

This decision did no go well with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who objected the TMC’s decision and threatened to challenge the civic body’s decision in court if it fails to reverse the relaxation.

On October 3, the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena, MNS student wing, wrote to the civic body alleging that migrants might misuse the relaxation in order to get hawker’s licenses.

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Sandeep Pachange, President of MNS student wing in Thane said that those who have been residing in Thane for several years have the first right to do the business as hawkers. He added that migrants are likely to misuse the relaxation granted by the civic body to become licenced hawkers.  

Meanwhile, Kapurchand Gupta, president of Shrinagar Hawkers Welfare Association clarified that some of the hawkers have been doing business for decades but they don’t have the documents to get domicile certificate and hence the relaxation is required. 

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TMC officials said that they carried out a survey involving 1,269 hawkers of which, 5,141 have submitted the required documents for getting the licenses and certificates were issued to them last month. The remaining hawkers have been asked to submit the documents, added an official. 

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