The much hyped scheme of Shiv Sena-BJP government died an untimely death in spite of creating a flutter across the state when it was created. In the late eighties, you got zunka and bhakar for Rs 1 and the poor were particularly happy with the stalls that sprang up all over. Of course it couldn’t last, and venality soon took over, with zunka bhakar reduced to a tiny portion of the fast food on offer, certainly nothing at a buck either.
Now the state government, through a notification, has ordered closure of Zunka Bhakar stalls on the expiry of their lease agreements. The government has also began taking back the small plots allotted for the Zunka Bhakar Kendra by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance government. The stall operators have approached the High Court, challenging the government decision and the issue is pending with the judiciary. When the government gets them back, it intends handing over most of these re-acquired stalls in major cities of the state to its undertaking, Mafco, for sale of its milk products.