One Rank , N-One Pension ( ORNP )

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Yesterday , Bombay Municipal Corporation workers pulled down a thatched roof over the cart of a roadside hawker Ramji , selling tea / biscuits / vada-pav  , on a footpath outside my house

Background  :

>   Footpath is for pedestrians to walk on ; not for Ramji to sell tea !

>   Ramji did not have a ” Hawking License ”

>   As of today , some 30,000 + hawkers are ” licensed ” to hawk

>   Under pressure from High Courts , BMC is in the process of taking a

” Census ” of all hawkers in Mumbai , in order to legalize another

90,000  hawkers , to be accommodated in specified hawking zones

>   It is my belief that Mumbai has over 300,000 hawkers now and that

this figure is growing by 10,000 every year

>   Citizens of most residential localities do not want ” Hawking Zones ”

in their localities  !

>   But almost all citizens continue to patronize nearby hawkers , whether

licensed or not and whether in prescribed ” Hawking Zones ” or not  !

>   Hawkers need to ply their trade where people live – and therefore need

to live where people live – not 20 Km away !

>   Illegal / Un-licensed hawkers are the main source of ” Hafta ” for the

local policemen

>   So that demolished shed , will come up once again tomorrow morning !

>   Most hawkers in any given locality are under the ” protection ” of local

Corporators , who give ” advance notice ” of impending demolition  !

>   If India as a whole , needs to create 12 million jobs every year , then

most likely , Mumbai , with its population of 16 million people , needs to

create at least 300,000 jobs per year !

>   But ” Manufacturing Establishments ” are leaving Mumbai , since it has

become a ” High Wage Island ” , rendering products manufactured here

un-competitive . Hence no blue collar jobs in Mumbai anymore !

>  As far as ” Service Sector ” is concerned , it is fast giving up its ” Across

the Counter ” service nature and morphing into internet / mobile app

based ” New E-Com Economy ” , needing few new hires  !

>  Apparently , the only ” Economic Sector ” that is creating new jobs and is

” Self Renewing ” is that of the ” Self Employed ” hawkers in Mumbai !

I suppose it is the same story , in all metros

It is also the economic sector which needs no more than a few thousands

of Rupees to create one job , as against a requirement of Rs 5 lakhs in

MSME sector and Rs 5 Crores in large organized sector  !

>  And , retired hawkers do not ask for any pension , despite having one

rank , for their entire working lives  !

I foresee a not too distant day , when all footpaths everywhere , are taken over by the hawkers ( where these are not already taken over , that is ! )

For providing livelihood to a section of society ( viz: hawkers ) , another section of the society ( viz: pedestrians ) will need to put up with some

inconvenience !

Unless some people ( who have jobs / incomes ) want their convenience to

take precedence over the livelihood of Ramji and don’t care that his 2 children starve to death !

In any case , in India , every single day , some 4,383 children ( under age of 5 ) die of starvation .  Another 2 , won’t change the ” Statistics ” much  !

But , if the already employed have a better solution , let them propose it !

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hemen   parekh

10  July  2015

hcp@RecruitGuru.com

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