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Mumbai News Live Updates Jan 14th 2022 :

Students aged 15 to 18 are vaccinated at a community-run immunization center in Mumbai. (To express)

The state government will provide ration cards to sex workers and those in need without insisting on proof of identity and residence, Chhagan Bhujbal, minister of food and civilian supplies, said on Thursday. The department has obtained detailed lists of sex workers and those in need from various non-governmental organizations and the State Aids Control Organization.

“Officials issuing the new ration cards have been asked not to emphasize documents such as identity and residency cards. They should be exempted from providing such documents,” Bhujbal said.

The state Urban Development Department plans to amend the Development Control and Promotion Regulations-2034 that will allow the BMC to build homes for Project Affected Persons (PAP) on its own land. Currently, only the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority can build houses on their own land for people giving up their land for infrastructure projects. Officials said the department was looking for suggestions and objections to amending Clause 3.1 I of Rule 33(10).

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said on Thursday: “The BMC will need at least 50,000 PAP rental homes over the next two to three years to move forward with development projects. Currently, the supply of houses from SRA is negligible. This decision will allow us to create a sizeable pool of PAP rental properties.”

With a surge in Covid-19 cases, while the prison department has halted inmates’ physical meetings with relatives and lawyers, telephone and video calling facility has yet to resume in many prisons.

Subtrials in the Elgaar Parishad case – housed in Taloja Central Prison – were presented to the Special Court via videoconference on Wednesday. The defendants, including lawyer Surendra Gadling and activists Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves, told the court that they were no longer able to communicate with their families and lawyers because the mulaqats were shut down.

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