The Planning Commission may find those earning more than Rs 32 a day ineligible to qualify as poor but for Mumbai’s tiny but affluent Parsi community a ‘poor Parsi’ is one who makes upto Rs 90,000 per month.
The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) informed the Bombay High Court on Monday that it has revised the definition of a ‘poor Parsi’ as one who earns upto Rs 90,000 per month in order to become eligible for accomodation in a subsidised housing scheme of the community.
There are about 5000 houses which are given on rent to the members of the Parsi community estimated to be around 45,000 in the city.
Earlier, the income limit for a poor Parsi was Rs 50,000 but it was raised to Rs 90,000 after BPP decided to sell some flats in suburban Andheri at subsidised rates to members of the community.
The court was hearing a petition filed by 65-year-old Rohinton Taraporewala, a resident of Dahanu in Thane district, challenging BPP’s decision to reject his claim for allotment of a flat in Panthaki Baug in Andheri, North-west Mumbai.
Taraporewala had submitted names to show that some from the community were allotted flats in Panthaki Baug despite their income exceeding Rs 50,000 per month.