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NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe must act in accordance with MMC Act: Dipen Agrawal

Dipen Agrawal (President, CAMIT) and Cabinet Minister Dr Nitin Raut

Dipen Agrawal (President, CAMIT) submitting CAMIT’s demand to Cabinet Minister Dr Nitin Raut

Reacting to NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhes recent directives to business establishments to obtain license from the civic body, Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) said that Mundhes directives are ultra vires to the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949. According to Agrawal, Mundhes action is not only arbitrary but is also against the well settled proposition of law. 

Agrawal said, The decision testifies the belief of the traders that they are soft targets available to the administration to thrash and browbeat them now and then. It will increase inspector raj, open floodgates for corruption and hamper the ease of doing business initiated by Union and State Government.

Agrawal added, Municipal Commissioner has assumed arbitrary and unbridled discretionary powers to regulate all business/commercial activities within the city limits of Nagpur, whereas the Act empowers him to regulate only selective commodities above specified quantities and activities, which may create nuisance or danger to public safety and health. Section 376 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, Section 229 of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Act, Section 394 of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and Sections 280 and 281 of Maharashtra Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Township Act operate in the same field i.e. to regulate certain activities so that they do not cause any danger to the health and property of the residents.

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Agrawal pointed that the Supreme Court has held that a discretion conferred upon an authority is arbitrary and unfettered if there is no appeal from his decision and such discretion is likely to cause injustice and therefore such a conferment of discretion cannot be upheld by the courts. Contrary to this, the order says that the Commissioners decision is final and binding on all. 

Thus, if there is no higher authority prescribed in the order who could examine the propriety of these reasons and revise or review the decision, the provision to communicate the rejection of application remains only for the personal or subjective satisfaction of the Commissioner and do not give any remedy to the aggrieved person, added Agrawal.

Agrawal said, The powers of Municipal Commissioner are not absolute. They are subjected to approval and sanctions from corporation and Standing Committee as prescribed in the Act. It appears that the Commissioner has circumvented the provisions of the MMC Act regarding sanction from Corporation to fix fee and has assumed the power to revise the same from time to time.

CAMIT has appealed Dr Nitin Raut, Cabinet Minister and Guardian Minister for Nagpur, and the State Government to intervene and cancel Mundhes order dated July 27 by invoking powers conferred on state under Section 464 of MMC Act. Agrawal, during a meeting with Dr Raut, informed him that the odd-even formula has been relaxed in Mumbai and shops for non-essential goods are now permitted to open 6 days a week on both sides of the lane and requested that similar relaxation should be provided for traders in Nagpur. Dr Raut patiently heard the issues raised by CAMIT and assured to take up the matter with CM Uddhav Thackeray. 

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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