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Mumbai Dabbawallahs To Strike Work On Aug 16 In Support Of Hazare

PTI 06 Aug 2011, 8:29:42 IST

Mumbai, Aug 5:  Extending support to social activist Anna Hazare over Lokpal Bill issue, Mumbai's famous dabba-walas (lunch-box carriers) today said there would be no service on August 16, the day he proposes to start his hunger strike.

About 4,500-5,000 dabba-walas transport some 2,00,000 homemade lunch packs every day at a very low fee and with surprising punctuality. But not on August 16.

“We support Anna Hazare in his fight for the strong Lokpal Bill. On August 16, when Annaji would go on a fast, we have decided to show our support by asking our customers not to give tiffins for delivery,” said President of Mumbai Jeevan Dabbawala Association, Sopan Mare.

“We will meet our customers next week in this regard.  However, it is upto the customers whether they want to extend support by not giving tiffin boxes on August 16,” he said.

The dabbawalla had also supported yoga guru Ramdev for his fight against corruption. PTI