Poor Parsi redefined: One who earns up to Rs 90,000 per month

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) on Monday told the Bombay high court that it had revised the definition of a poor Parsi as one who earns up to Rs 90,000 a month, in order to be eligible for a subsidized community apartment. The BPP, which controls over 5,000 flats in the city, had earlier fixed this amount at under Rs 50,000 a month. There are an estimated 45,000 Parsis in Mumbai.

By Rosy Sequeira | TNN

Incidentally, the Planning Commission of India had pegged the minimum sustenance level required for a poor person in an urban area at Rs 29 a day.

An affidavit was filed by BPP chairman Dinshaw Mehta in response to a petition by Dahanu resident Rohinton Taraporewala, (65) challenging the non-allotment of a flat to him at Panthaki Baug, Andheri. Earlier, Taraporewala had submitted the names of those who were allotted flats despite earning above Rs 50,000 a month.

In his April 17, 2012 reply, Mehta refuted Taraporewala’s claim of being a “poor, needy and deserving Parsi”. He said after the high court, on October 15, 2009, allowed BPP to sell flats on ownership basis, the trustees adopted criteria for allotment. Preference was to be given to those who want to settle down after marriage. “All applicants with incomes exceeding Rs 90,000 per month or with assets of more than Rs 25 lakh were to be eliminated,” Mehta stated. It was also decided to give low priority to applicants residing outside Mumbai. BPP invited applications for purchase of flats in buildings A and B at Panthaki Baug.

Mehta claimed that Taraporewala’s application showed that he owns 17 acres land in Vangaon, Dahanu, along with a farmhouse-a two-storeyed bungalow- measuring 2,000 square feet. “On a conservative estimate, this would be valued at Rs 1.5 to Rs 3 crore,” he added. Further, as per his income-tax returns, Taraporewala had a monthly income exceeding Rs 90,000. His assets include his various immovable properties and fixed deposits amounting to well over Rs 25 lakh. On the basis of his financial status he was not entitled to be allotted a flat at Panthaki Baug, Mehta added.

Mehta said that the reason Taraporewala gave for allotment was that there were very few basic hospital facilities in the village. He suffers from high blood pressure, prostate problem, diabetes and heart problems while his wife suffers from depression and anxiety. “Clearly, the petitioner could not be allotted a flat by the BPP as he was adequately housed and he desired to be allotted a flat so that he could give his bungalow on rent and live in Mumbai because he suffered from several ailments. In addition, the petitioner was clearly not a resident of Mumbai but of his own admission, living at Dahanu, close to the Gujarat border,” stated Mehta. Also, Taraporewala’s son and daughter and their families are settled abroad. He said Taraporewala “could not be classified as poor, needy and deserving” as stipulated by the HC order and accordingly his application was rejected.

The affidavit states that the BPP flats at Panthaki Baug, each of which is between 732 sq ft and 760 sq ft, will cost between Rs 17.56 lakh and Rs 20.52 lakh depending on their size and location. The current market value of each is approximately Rs 80 lakh. The flats are being sold at prices prevailing in 2001 and cost one-fourth of their market value today.

  • Farzana

    Them, who God will destroy, – He first makes mad!….

  • Farzana

    Them, who God will destroy, – He first makes mad!….

  • Farzana

    Them, who God will destroy, – He first makes mad!….

  • Farzana

    Them, who God will destroy, He first makes mad!

  • Farzana

    Them, who God will destroy, He first makes mad!

  • rustom

    The whole headlines are again factually misinterpreted as they were before last year. The fact is that the Parsi community has pegged someone earning INR 90,000/- a month as someone who can on his/her own feet buy a flat with his own money or can take a loan for doing so instead of relying on charity. This is actually quite reasonable. It also allows truly deserving to get subsidised assets. Lets not go hammer and tongs and belittle us own. Ina nycase sensationalising this issue as done previously by Ms Rosy Sequira on the same issue to get headlines is portraying a wrong picture of Parsis being only Rich’. The Bawas are already facing adversaries in terms of influence and reservation for Jobs, such headlines gives others an excuse to reposition a bawa/bawi last in the queue again for jobs etc and also instigates a haterd towards us thru jealously. Sequira and the clan of those senstaionalists who thin and portray Parsis as not aiding India in her freedom struggle or in the armed forces though we ratio wise outdid all others or infact even of others combined their efforts all in one. Shame on Sequira on doing this again!

    Hope the group that has a constant ire against their own dont fall hook line and sinker to such headlines, the Parsi community on twitter and other are already feeling the heat of such headlines that portray the community in the wrong and jealousy is already creeping up against us. The Parsis have to be together in this in principle though we have our own axes or have a different opinion regarding the figure as 90,000.

    Sequira has turned a principle of making Parsis who can afford to stand on their own into a weakness and chanelising jealousy towards us. She also portrays that all parsis are rich.

  • rustom

    The whole headlines are again factually misinterpreted as they were before last year. The fact is that the Parsi community has pegged someone earning INR 90,000/- a month as someone who can on his/her own feet buy a flat with his own money or can take a loan for doing so instead of relying on charity. This is actually quite reasonable. It also allows truly deserving to get subsidised assets. Lets not go hammer and tongs and belittle us own. Ina nycase sensationalising this issue as done previously by Ms Rosy Sequira on the same issue to get headlines is portraying a wrong picture of Parsis being only Rich’. The Bawas are already facing adversaries in terms of influence and reservation for Jobs, such headlines gives others an excuse to reposition a bawa/bawi last in the queue again for jobs etc and also instigates a haterd towards us thru jealously. Sequira and the clan of those senstaionalists who thin and portray Parsis as not aiding India in her freedom struggle or in the armed forces though we ratio wise outdid all others or infact even of others combined their efforts all in one. Shame on Sequira on doing this again!

    Hope the group that has a constant ire against their own dont fall hook line and sinker to such headlines, the Parsi community on twitter and other are already feeling the heat of such headlines that portray the community in the wrong and jealousy is already creeping up against us. The Parsis have to be together in this in principle though we have our own axes or have a different opinion regarding the figure as 90,000.

    Sequira has turned a principle of making Parsis who can afford to stand on their own into a weakness and chanelising jealousy towards us. She also portrays that all parsis are rich.

  • Homiyar

    While no comments on the court case, BPP’s definition of a poor Parsi is a big joke!

  • Homiyar

    While no comments on the court case, BPP’s definition of a poor Parsi is a big joke!

  • Piloomani

    Mr. Dinshaw Mehta, Chairman, BPP has made a mockery of the real poor Parsis. Over 70% of the Parsis in India definitely earn less than Rs.25,000/-. There are a very substantial number of qualified people who inspite of being well educated earn around Rs.8,000 to Rs.6,000/- as they cannot get proper jobs because they belong to a minority community which is totally submissive non-violent community. Over and above there are a large number of unemployed people. This definition of a poor Parsi by Mr.Mehta is done to suit the purposes of some influential people and to allot them flats. Mr.Mehta has soley handled the housing of BPP for decades and will not allow any other trustees to have any say. He is a dictator. Since, the last election of BPP no new construction of flats has been undertaken. All the present Trustees of BPP have failed in their promises of buidling new flats. What have they done regarding this for the past 5 years. Inspite of the induction of Mr.Mancherji Cama, who was elected with much fan fare, nothing has changed. They have introduced some superficial changes in the working of BPP. Please note that the flats at Panthaky Baug have been built more than 12 years back. Since, then what has Mr.Dinshaw Mehta done. Most of the schemes are only on the drawing boards or paper. Nothing concrete.

  • Piloomani

    Mr. Dinshaw Mehta, Chairman, BPP has made a mockery of the real poor Parsis. Over 70% of the Parsis in India definitely earn less than Rs.25,000/-. There are a very substantial number of qualified people who inspite of being well educated earn around Rs.8,000 to Rs.6,000/- as they cannot get proper jobs because they belong to a minority community which is totally submissive non-violent community. Over and above there are a large number of unemployed people. This definition of a poor Parsi by Mr.Mehta is done to suit the purposes of some influential people and to allot them flats. Mr.Mehta has soley handled the housing of BPP for decades and will not allow any other trustees to have any say. He is a dictator. Since, the last election of BPP no new construction of flats has been undertaken. All the present Trustees of BPP have failed in their promises of buidling new flats. What have they done regarding this for the past 5 years. Inspite of the induction of Mr.Mancherji Cama, who was elected with much fan fare, nothing has changed. They have introduced some superficial changes in the working of BPP. Please note that the flats at Panthaky Baug have been built more than 12 years back. Since, then what has Mr.Dinshaw Mehta done. Most of the schemes are only on the drawing boards or paper. Nothing concrete.

  • gb

    How many parsis are there in mumbai who earns Rs 90,000/- per month and who are eligible for a bpp flat in a parsi colony. Maybe not even 40 out of 40,000. It means .01 % of parsi population in mumbai. They can easily afford an ownership flat outside parsi colonies. They do not even have to depend upon bpp. There is a long list of people waiting in the queue more than 900. Bpp does not believe in transarency at-all, so we will never come to know how many back-door dealings are done and trustees themselves takes a flat in rustom baug. Long live parsis. Long live Bpp. Merit Rating Scheme is completely Sham and Bogus. Bpp has still not come out with an Election Code of Conduct. Why ???

  • gb

    How many parsis are there in mumbai who earns Rs 90,000/- per month and who are eligible for a bpp flat in a parsi colony. Maybe not even 40 out of 40,000. It means .01 % of parsi population in mumbai. They can easily afford an ownership flat outside parsi colonies. They do not even have to depend upon bpp. There is a long list of people waiting in the queue more than 900. Bpp does not believe in transarency at-all, so we will never come to know how many back-door dealings are done and trustees themselves takes a flat in rustom baug. Long live parsis. Long live Bpp. Merit Rating Scheme is completely Sham and Bogus. Bpp has still not come out with an Election Code of Conduct. Why ???