Several NGOs, a labour union and a cooperative housing society from Mulund have started a signature campaign against the transfer order of Sanjay Pandey, controller of legal metrology organisation (LMO).
They collected around 2,500 signatures on the first day of the campaign on Monday. In this week, the group will go to Dadar (East), Kalina, Kurla and Ghatkopar Aslpha, and all the signatures will be submitted to the chief minister.
Hindustan Times had reported about the abrupt transfer of Pandey to Pune. Pandey had started to crack down on errant traders and had also initiated action against developers for not giving the carpet area mentioned in the sale agreement to homebuyers.
NGOs alleged Pandey was being pushed out because of pressure from the traders and builders’ lobby. “It’s more than 10 days now, but the state government has not issued the orders to reinstate Pandey. There are hardly any bureaucrats who work with the public’s interest in mind,” said Sujit Singh, member of Swabhiman Sewa Sanstha.
The other groups participating are Legal Light Association, the Aam Aadmi Shramik Sanghatana, Yuva Pratishthan and Purvanchal housing society.
“Pandey was working on introducing rules that would have made developers accountable. His transfer means these rules will get diluted,” said Nitin Darap, member of Purvanchal housing society.
Shirish Desphande, chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, said, “We have already written to CM Devendra Fadnavis and Girish Bapat, minister of food, civil supplies and consumer protection department. This move is sending the wrong message to people.”