Standing for Common Cause
The education department of the state had decided to start all schools in the state on June 11 every year. This decision was unacceptable to Vidarbha students as the temperatures in this area continue to be notoriously high till June end, with day temperatures rising as high as 47 °C. We challenged this decision in the High Court and secured a favorable verdict.
We observed that the resident doctors of the Government Medical College and other government hospitals were in the habit of proceeding on strike on the flimsiest of excuses, causing great hardship to the patients. We filed a PIL in the High Court against this practice, and the Hon. Court was pleased to put a total ban on such strikes all over Maharashtra, declaring their services as essential.
Commuters in Nagpur used to be harassed by the traffic police for illegal parking though there were no designated parking places where vehicles could be parked. We took up the issue with the concerned authorities and succeeded in getting parking spaces properly designated.
By our efforts and persuasion, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has reduced the unreasonably hiked water tariff from Oct. 2010, to relieve the substantial financial burden on the common man.
We opposed the Pay and Park scheme of the Municipal Corporation as the parking charges under the scheme were atrociously high. The decision has since been put on hold.
In response to our demand, the Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur has appointed the Vishweshwarayya National Institute of Technology as experts for monitoring the quality of roads and other civil works carried out by municipal contractors within the city limit.
The city of Nagpur had only one Regional Transport Office catering to a population of 2.5 million, thus causing great inconvenience to people in the far-flung areas of the city. ‘Janmanch’ took up the matter, and succeeded in getting a second RTO office started in Nagpur.
A PIL was filed in the Nagpur Bench of the Mumbai High Court to reduce the growing noise pollution in the city. As a result, many Silence Zones were created all over the city, especially around hospitals, schools and religious places.
The Central Government had decided to dispose of the hazardous waste of the Bhopal Gas Disaster by burning it at Nagpur. As the noxious gases produced in the process would have posed a serious health hazard for the Nagpurians, we challenged the decision by filing a PIL in the Nagpur Bench of Mumbai High Court and succeeded in halting the burning of this hazardous waste at Nagpur DRDO.
A PIL was filed in the Honorable High Court to ensure that the profit earned by the Cotton Federation from the sale of cotton is rightfully distributed as a bonus among the cotton growers of the state.
As a result of the efforts of ‘Janmanch’, the distribution of cash subsidy for kerosene and fertilizes is being undertaken by the government in six districts of the state on experimental basis.
As per the demand of ‘Janmanch’, the office of the National Horticulture Board was shifted from Nasik to Nagpur, providing relief to the beneficiaries in terms of time and money.
Similarly, the proposals for subsidy to the farmers under the National Horticultural Mission used to be sent to Pune for sanction, resulting in undue delays and hardship to farmers. As per the demand of ‘Janmanch’, the sanctioning powers were given at the district level, benefiting farmers all over the state.
‘Janmanch’ took recourse to a PIL to restore to the Nagpur University forty acres of prime land belonging to it and acquired but not utilized by the state government.
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