Jamshedpur, Feb. 2: Since the last eight months, footpath vendors of the mangala haat are demanding a space to put up their shops once a week.
A delegation of vendors protested before the deputy commissioner�s office and also met Chief Minister Raghubar Das with this demand several times, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the CM has issued orders to the East Singhbum deputy commissioner Dr. Amitabh Kaushal to provide a space to the vendors to put up shops once in a week. But district administration has failed to take steps for rehabilitation of vendors on the order issued two months back.
This has made the footpath vendors suffer a lot and they are facing financial crunch leading to the death of a shopkeeper Sanjay Pandey.
Pandey succumbed to a heart attack on Sunday. On Tuesday, several vendors under the banner of Shikshit Berojgaar Manglahaat Dukandaar Sangh and Mangla Haat Dukandaar Union protested against the district administration and demanded adequate compensation to the family of the deceased and a job for a kin to run the family.
They also threatened to block the road in front of the DC office if their demands are not met. Expressing displeasure over the district administration�s inaction, Shahi Adil, a leader of the Shikshit Berojgaar Manglahaat Dukandaar Sangh, alleged, �The current DC Dr. Amitabh Kaushal does not bother for human emotions and is only behaving arbitrarily. This has pushed the vendors to against the wall.�
Md. Javed, who is heading the protest for Mangla Haat Dukandaar Union, said, �CM Raghubar Das had issued orders for rehabilitation of the vendors two months back, but the district administration is immutable on its stand.� Javed blamed the district administration for the death of a shopkeeper and demanded compensation for the deceased.