Centre nod by July-end on Street Vendors Act in Chandigarh
Nearly 15,000 street vendors in the city are likely to benefit as the Centre is set to approve the implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 by this month-end.chandigarh Updated: Jul 16, 2015 12:02 IST
Nearly 15,000 street vendors in the city are likely to benefit as the Centre is set to approve the implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 by this month-end.
Although, the municipal corporation is yet to constitute the town vending committee for the implementation of the act, it has framed a draft for vendors. The legislation provides for the protection of livelihood right and social security of street vendors besides regulating urban street vending.
As per a survey conducted by the MC enforcement department in 2012, there were around 7,500 street vendors. As per a rough estimate of the MC, the number has almost doubled since then.
Additional municipal commissioner Sarita Malik said: “We are hoping to get the final approval from the Centre by the end of this month. Once we get the approval, we will form a town vending committee, which will identify locations in markets and issue certificates. At present, there are nearly 15,000 street vendors. The actual figure will be known after conducting a survey," she said.
The act provides for a survey of all existing street vendors and subsequent survey at least once every five years. As per the act, certificate for vending is to be given to all street vendors identified in the survey, with preference to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, other backward classes, women, differently abled persons and minorities.