Petition for General Store in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence
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Why we need a general store?
Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence has over 1800 boarders without a official general store for purchasing normal stationery items ( office and home stationery) within its premises. Given the ample amount of space already reserved by LBS’s hall council for the establishment of such a store and repeated requests to HMC, such a step for constructing an official general store has not been taken by HMC.
What is HMC asking us to do?
HMC had initially proposed to create a common store for LBS and MMM halls in the space where delivery personnel sit in front of MMM hall. On further requests, they said that they would not allow to build a general store inside LBS hall as they is not permitted according to HMC rules. However, there is no such mention of rule against having a general store inside a hall mentioned here - http://www.hmc.iitkgp.ac.in/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/New-canteen-guidelines.pdf . What they added as well is that it would be unofficial if a store like this is started inside LBS and will be terminated later. Some other halls already have a general store inside the hall premises and such is the agreement between the hall and the store that those stores won’t get closed in any manner.
Why is HMC’s idea not feasible and how will having a hall in LBS premises help us?
Once a common store is created, the store will function independently without the discretion/consideration of the hall itself. Say for example, if some GC event requires material at some odd hour, then such a thing would not be possible if the store is common as it will function in its own ways. If a general store is opened within the premises of LBS, full discretion can be exercised in terms of time extension, purchases during GC events, enabling exam time purchases and addition of items required by the hall council of LBS itself. Thus having the general store within the premises of LBS is something very crucial for enabling ease and availability of purchases.
What will be available in the general stores?
Starting from personal items like toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, mugs, to packaged goods like Maggi, coffee sachets, shampoo to notebooks, pens etc. Think whatever you get to buy in general stores of TechM and in front of MMM hall, just closer to you. Plus if you suggest goods that need to be added, it will be done as well.
What is the condition in other halls?
General stores are already there in Azad, Nehru, RP, SN, LLR and the likes. And such is their agreement with the hall that for now be assured, their stores is going to stay functional within their hall premises and they won't be shut down as of yet.
Consider this, halls like Azad, Nehru, SN, LLR have say 200-500 students and yet they have a general store. In that case, with such a large number of boarders in LBS, we need to have say 4-5 general stores. Even if HMC wants a common store for MMM and LBS or asks us to use the ones in front of MMM hall, how does it cater to the 1800+ students from LBS and around a 1000 students of MMM hall? Our demand is not even to create multiple stores. We just need one within the premises of LBS. Even the area where the store will be constructed has been allocated by the hall council members of LBS.
Second, HMC is saying that we should use the stores in front of MMM hall. Now LLR and MMM halls both have their own general stores in close proximity to each other. Any one of the halls must have been had their general store constructed first. Then if the other hall got permission to create a second general store even with the presence of a general store in their neighbouring hall, they why can’t we get permission for a general store within our premises?
Third, HMC is not approving our request of having a general store as it is saying that it wants to construct one in the MMM grounds. In case we get our own general store done, that would be closed down. In such a case, MMM’s general store should also be closed. But it won’t get closed due to previous contracts. In that case, we would not be made to close our general store as well.
Hence our demand is to have our own general store within the premises of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence and for that, we need you all to sign this petition. Given the joint agreement you all will display and the need you express through your comments, we can make this happen.
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