Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis calls for stringent action against ‘mathadis’ involved in blackmail, extortion

THANE: Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday called for a joint and collective effort to identify ‘mathadis‘ (porters) who are involved in blackmail and extortion.
Speaking at a rally organised to mark the birth anniversary of Mathadi leader Late Annadsaheb Patil at Vashi, Fadnavis also warned of stringent action against them.
The state government did not want to thrust any act on ‘mathadis’ and it was just making amendments in the existing act, which is more than 50 years old to ensure action against violators, said Fadnavis.
Several industries have gone out of the state because of the problems posed by fake and “extortionist” mathadis, Fadnavis added.
Fadnavis directed the Navi Mumbai police to take action against fake ‘mathadis’ who take a 25 per cent cut in agreements.
“While amending the Mathadi, Hamal and Other Manual Workers Act we will ensure that that the soul of the act as envisaged by Annasaheb Patil remains intact,” he said.

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