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State govt. should quash order issued by Tukaram Mundhe asking traders to obtain license: NVCC

NVCC members submitting the memorandum of their demands to Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi

NVCC members submitting the memorandum of their demands to Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi

Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), the apex association for trade, commerce and industry for Vidarbha region, has vehemently protested Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Tukaram Mundhes order dated July 27 making it mandatory for every shop and office to obtain trade license. 

A delegation led by Ashwin Mehadia (President, NVCC) recently met Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut and Nagpur Mayor Sanjip Joshi and submitted a memorandum requesting for urgent intervention of state government and general body of NMC to revoke the said order. 

Mehadia said that the NMC order is arbitrary, in excess of authority conferred on Mundhe under the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 (MMC Act). The order violates the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. Mehadia said that Mundhe has attempted to control all business/ commercial/ professional activities within the city limits of Nagpur, whereas the MMC Act empowers him to regulate only selective commodities and activities, which may create nuisance or are danger to public safety and property.

BC Bhartia, Past President, NVCC, said that the order is uncalled for particularly keeping in mind the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Bhartia said that strong resentment is brewing among the business community of the city due to this diktat of NMC and traders fear fresh unleash of inspector raj and corruption due to this order. If the order is not reversed then traders may come on streets to protest.

Advocate Sanjay K Agrawal, Vice President, NVCC, said that the order is in contravention to the provisions the MMC Act, hence void ab-initio. Agrawal stated that on conjoint reading of the order and schedule-3 to the order, it is implicit that obtaining trade license from corporation is made mandatory for all shops and offices and Mundhe under the garb of notifying terms and conditions of license has framed injudicious rules under Schedule-3 of the order.

Agrawal further said that, the Section 376 of the MMC Act, under which the order is claimed to be issued, in unequivocal terms states that only specified things, trades and operations as specified in rules can be asked to obtain a license. The list of goods, trades and operations which can be regulated by Commissioner are mentioned in Chapter XVIII of Schedule-D of the MMC Act.

The Act doesn’t allow the Commissioner to regulate the goods, trades and operations not mentioned in the said chapter.The Commissioner in his order has prohibited every trade and profession (including offices of Advocates, Engineers, Charted Accountants, Company Secretary, Banks, Insurance, Cooperative Society, etc.) within the territorial jurisdiction of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to operate without obtaining a trade license. Thus, the said order is ultra-vires to the provisions of the MMC Act, he added.

Ramawtar Totla, Secretary, NVCC said that, according to Section 386 of the MMC Act, the license fee can be charged only on the goods, trades and operations mentioned in Section 376 r/w Chapter XVIII of Schedule-D. The sub-section 2 of Section 386 of the MMC Act provides that license fee can be fixed time to time with the sanction of the Corporation (General Body), whereas in the order Commissioner has vested the right, to revise the licensee fee time to time, in himself. He further said that, there is no provision in the MMC Act which provides for giving public notice in relation to issuance of license to trade and operations specified under Section 376 or other sections of the Act. Whereas the order stipulates for giving public notice and the applicant is made liable to bear the cost of such public notice. Hence the order is arbitrary, he added.

Sachin Puniyani, Treasurer, NVCC said that, while notifying the rules under Schedle-3 of the order, though alleged to be terms and conditions, the Commissioner has circumvent the procedures prescribed under the Sections 453, 454, 455, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462 and other enabling Sections of the MMC Act incorporated to make, add, alter or rescind the rules, regulations and bye-laws. Without admitting the liability to obtain trade license, he further said that, the Rules in Schedule-3 and the Order fails to provide, for the duration of the license as contemplated in the Section 386 of the MMC Act; the provisions of appeal against the order of Commissioner; procedure to suspend, revoke or withhold the license; and for refund of license fee if the application for new license is rejected by the Commissioner. Hence the order is unreasonable, he added.

Raju Makhija, PRO, NVCC, in reference to Mundhes statement in press that the trade license will enable the civic body to know the details of business and services operating in its jurisdiction and accordingly make necessary provisions in the new development plan in making, said that, introduction of new license raj is not required to gather such information, same can be procured from the Shop and Establishment Department at the click of a button. Shop and Establishment Department of our State is now fully computerised and operational, at least in Nagpur. 

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17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car on Monday…

2 arrested after gang raping 17-yr-old in car | Nagpur

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Nagpur Police arrested two men on Wednesday for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a car in Saoner (40 kms from Nagpur city) on Monday. The cops, initiated an extensive search immediately after receiving a complaint and arrested the two. 
The two accused convinced the teenage girl to travel with them in car by offering her to drop her at her destination. The survivor, who was clueless about the accused’s intentions, helped them by giving directions for the destination.
Cops said the two, however, took a detour on the way and took her to an isolated place, parked the car and allegedly gang-raped her. The duo has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, among other charges.

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Nagpur citizens walk to celebrate city’s heritage ahead of Republic Day | In Pictures




Avani Arya | Nagpur
On the account of arriving Republic Day festival, a heritage dialogue was held on January 22, 2023. The aim was to celebrate the buildings that are living witnesses of the spirit of power centres belonging to today’s Indian democracy and the era of 1903 when Nagpur was the capital of the Central Provinces.
The walk included a brief narrative from 1861, where after the mutiny, the detached position of Nagpur District and territories of Saugor and Nerbudda led to the formation of a new province termed “Central Province.”
The walk covered the architecture of the structures that were the centre of British rule in the central provinces. Various public buildings of that era, such as the old secretariat, the old High Court building, and the General Post Office, which are eminent examples of British colonial architecture, were covered. Materials like sandstone, basalt, and brick masonry are used to craft the elements of the building’s architecture.
During the walk, the stickers designed by team Sakha were distributed to participants as a souvenir, which was one of the key attractions for the participants and a reason for enthusiasm too.
The walk was followed by snacks and tea, over which dialogues on improving the condition of heritage structures were held. The citizens sharing their independent opinions was the true celebration of Indian democracy.
The walk was organised under the leadership of Ar Sandeep Pathe by team Sakha, which includes Ar Mayuri Deodhar, Ar Amruta Gangakhedkar, Ar Renuka Marotkar, Ar Yashwardhan Pincha, Ar Asmita Korpenwar, Ms Anjali Karpate, Ms Sakshi Mishra, Ms Shruti Beohar and Ms Vrushal Gurbaxani
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Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision organises kidathon, 4000 children participate




Avani Arya | Nagpur

Rotary club of Nagpur Vision organized a marathon for children on January 22, 2023 called as RCNV KIDATHON. The venue was WCL ground, Civil Lines where approximately 4000 children between the age group pf 7-15 years participated.

They were divided into three groups of three km, four km and five km according to the age. Children of age seven to 10 participated in three km, 11-13 in four km and 14 – 15 in five km marathon. The motto behind this marathon was to encourage and educate children about out door activities and importance of exercise.

Fund raised by this event was donated to Gram Heeth for the benefit of farmers. The event was flagged-off by the hands of the Chief Guests, NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and Dr Amit Samarth at half past six in the morning.

Different routes were planned for the children under the strict security of RCNV volunteers and police. Once the children finished the marathon they were handed goodie bags, certificates and medals.

The sponsors for this mega event were Mauli group, Parekh brothers, Ajinkya tutorials, Oak & Chisel, Xenicon Healthcare, Gaysons, Dinshaws, Treat ice cream, Bharatvarsh farms, Diamond chips, Icad Adventures and you, Sunder biscuits, Kamal Chabrani. Medical partner for the event was Seven Star Hospital.

The mega event took place under the guidance and supervision of RCNV President Dr Shivani Sule, Treasurer Rtn Ritesh Amidwar, Chairperson and huge number of volunteers from the club.

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