Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday announced that the iconic Dabbawalas of Mumbai would be provided with homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana as soon as possible. In a meeting held earlier in the day in presence of the Mumbai Dabbawala Union and Minister of Labor Dilip Walse Patil, the Deputy CM instructed the concerned officials to take the necessary steps required to make the houses available.
Speaking to Republic TV, Subhash Talekar, Spokesperson of the Dabbawala Union, expressed his delight and welcomed the move by Ajit Pawar. He also stated that around 4500 dabbawalas will benefit from the decision and get homes in Mumbai. "The dabbawalas have been working in Mumbai since the past 130 years. It was our demand since labourers also got houses, then Mumbai's dabbawalas should also get a house. Ajit Pawar catered to our demand and has announced houses for all dabbawalas under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna and we welcome the decision," he said.
आज, मंत्रालयात आयोजित बैठकीत मुंबईच्या डबेवाल्यांना प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजनेंतर्गत हक्काची घरं उपलब्ध करून देण्यासाठी आवश्यक कार्यवाही करण्याच्या सूचना अधिकाऱ्यांना दिल्या. यावेळी मुंबई डबेवाला संघटनेचे पदाधिकारी, कामगार मंत्री @Dwalsepatil व इतर महत्त्वाचे अधिकारी उपस्थित होते. pic.twitter.com/WPHbrE20yj— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) February 13, 2020
गेल्या १३० वर्षांपासून सेवाभावी वृत्तीनं काम करणाऱ्या मुंबईच्या डबेवाल्यांचं कौशल्य जाणून घेण्यासाठी जगभरातून पर्यटक, अभ्यासक येतात. डबेवाल्यांना त्यांच्या कामकाजाची माहिती देण्यासाठी हक्काची जागा असायला हवी. त्यासाठी, मुंबई डबेवाला भवनाचा प्रश्न मार्गी लावण्याबाबत सूचित केले. pic.twitter.com/yUnGGu4DHD— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) February 13, 2020
'Positive About Loan Waiver Above Rs 2 Lakh'
Earlier, on Friday, Ajit Pawar had said that the state government was positive about waiving farm loans above the limit of Rs 2 lakh. The loan waiver scheme announced by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government after coming to power last year has a cap of Rs 2 lakh. "The government has given loan waiver to farmers whose dues were less than Rs 2 lakh. We are thinking positively about waiver for the farmers whose debts exceed Rs 2 lakh," Pawar said, speaking at a press conference. "Regular repayment of farm loans will also be encouraged," said Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio.