Gandhi market deserted as vendors march against MMC’s kiosk allotment policy

Margao’s Gandhi market wore a deserted look on Tuesday morning as vegetable, fruit and other vendors joined the huge morcha against the Margao Municipal Council’s policy of allotting kiosk under the Horticulture scheme.
Led by former Minister Babu Azgaonkar, the vendors demanded an immediate stop to the allotment of gaddas under the Horticulture scheme during discussions with MMC Chairperson Arthur D’Silva and Chief Officer S R Kotwale. Heated discussions ensued between Civic Chief Arthur D’silva and the Azgaonkar brothers when a delegation came for discussions. Though the vendors came in a huge morcha, the police led by DySP Mohan Naik cordoned off the Municipal entrance building and allowed only a delegation of 10 vendors.
The vendors feared the Horticulture gadda scheme would sound death knell for the vegetable vendors and demanded subsidy to local growers and vendors.
The vendors also raised the question of state of affairs in the Gandhi market and the unauthorized sale of vegetables and fruits along the city roadsides.
MMC Chief Officer S R Kotwale said the Civic body would come out with two year moratorium on permitting gaddas in the city and assured the delegation that a resolution to this effect would be adopted by the Civic body.
Kotwale further assured the delegation that he would forward copy of the memorandum to the government to decide on the question of extending subsidy to the Goan vegetable growers and vendors..
The morcha later culminated at the district Collectorate, where a delegation led by Azgaonkar submitted a memorandum to the district Collector. Addressing the vendors, Azgaonkar warned that the vendors would return tothe streets if the authorities fail to address their grievances. [H]