BMC corporators across various parties have demanded aid from the civic body for the migrants from Latur in the form of food, shelter and jobs. Around 200 people have migrated from various drought hit districts of Maharashtra to the city of Mumbai and are struggling to find shelter and jobs , with many taking up jobs as wage earners.
Pravin Chheda, Congress group leader in the general body meeting on Monday, raised the issue of migrants from Latur demanding financial help from the civic body. The families have been living in Ghatkopar for days in a pitiable condition,struggling for basic necessities.
However, he was criticised by Rais Shaikh, the Samajwadi Party (SP) group leader, as he blamed the previous congress state government that ruled the state for 15 years for the dismal conditions of the farmers.
“The displaced should be provided shelter, food and jobs. The civic authorities should help them in all ways possible . Also, the leaders should not forget who is responsible for this condition of the farmers in the state,” he said.
The ruling Shivsena-BJP alliance in the BMC supported Pravin Chheda’s demand and said that the BMC should provide help to the migrants by opening schools and night shelters.
“All help should be extended to those displaced owing to drought. The BMC, under the leadership of the mayor, should set up a drought mitigation committee for the city and to help those affected,” said Manoj Kotak, group leader of the BJP.