Should MP’s write to officials against hawker eviction drive?
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that Congress MP Gurudas Kamat had written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking it to stop its eviction drive against vendors in Andheri (W). In the letter dated 10th December 2011 written to the then Municipal Commissioner Mr. Subodh Kumar, Mr. Kamat asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to implement the hawker policy uniformly all over Mumbai instead of targeting vendors only in Andheri (W).
It has been claimed that the MP's letter served as an obstacle in the BMC's hawker removal drive. With the RTI Act now in existence, perhaps the politicians would think twice before writing a letter to any government official.