A month after the Babu Genu market building on Dockyard Road collapsed, killing 62 people, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to employ any of the 32 survivors. On September 28, a day after the collapse, the civic administration, while giving into corporators demands, had vaguely promised Rs 5 lakh compensation and a secure job in the BMC for all survivors.
Among the deceased, the civic body identified nine who were employed with the corporation, and whose families were now eligible for employment. Civic officials, however, said the families have not yet put forward job applications.
“Our policy for employment is that we give opportunity to heirs of civic employees who are of legal age. In some cases, family members are injured or being rehabilitated and hence, do not have their papers in order. In other cases, there may be two legal heirs, but we can give employment to only one, so the families will have to decide which member can take up the job,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Bhosale.
“Also, how can we give employment to the kin of those who did not work with the BMC? They might have had jobs with banks or at better salaries, so offering them a job in BMC would not be good enough,” Bhosale said.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani, in charge of the general administration department, said eligible family members of the deceased BMC employees should apply at the earliest or notify BMC of their intentions. “We hope to finish the employment process in a month or two. Families will have to inform us if the legal heir is a minor so that we can keep employment opportunities open for her or him at a later date. In some cases, the minor heirs are in school and want to study further as they can later directly apply for higher-paying jobs in the administration. Once they are employed into a particular class of work, promotions take time,” Adtani said.
Meanwhile, only 11 of 19 rehabilitation flats in Ghatkopar offered to the surviving families have been occupied.
“There are cases where minors are the only survivors. We