Include beauty parlours, beauticians in prof under 2021 MPD: Gupta

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New Delhi, May 22 (UNI) Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee Vijender Gupta today demanded from the Union Minister of Urban Development Jaipal Reddy that beauty parlours, designers and consultants be included in the list of professions given in Para 15.8 of Master Plan of Delhi-2021.

Addressing reporters, Mr Gupta said the Delhi Development Authority had passed Resolution No. 126 on September 6, 1973 according to which beauticians, doctors, lawyers, architects and engineers were accepted as home-based professionals under MPD-1962 under the ambit of the provision 'Professional Activity' of mixed use regulations of MPD-2001.

''Now, beauty parlours, beauticians and designers have been left out from the list of professionals given in the Para 15.8 inadvertently on the ground that they are not regulated by any organisation.

''It is not a solid ground to prohibit thousands of women earning livelihood through their home-based activities providing daily needs through skilled professional activities. It is clear-cut violation of principle of equality enshrined in Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India,'' Mr Gupta said.

Mr Gupta demanded that beauty parlours and beauticians be included in the list of professionals under clause 15.8 of the MPD-2021 subject to conditions contained in Resolution 126 passed by DDA.

Mr Gupta disclosed that a delegation of working beauticians, majority of whom were women belonging to weaker sections of society, met him under the aegis of Sampurna, a non-government organization headed by Dr. Sobha Vijender, and explained their professional position.

The delegation claimed that they were at par with professionals such as doctors, lawyers, architects and engineers and as such they deserved the right to be included in the list of professionals under MPD-2021.

Considering their demands as genuine, Mr. Gupta has now put up his demand for inclusion of these categories in MPD-2021 before the Union Urban Development Ministry.

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