Gurgaon street vendors to file contempt case in Supreme Court
Vendors said in the last one month, shop owners in Huda sectors thrashed them when they were setting up kiosks as per the direction of the MCG.gurgaon Updated: Mar 25, 2017 21:42 IST
The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) will file a contempt of court case in the Supreme Court after repeated incidents of shop owners thrashing street vendors in Gurgaon.
The NASVI said the apex court direction stands clear that rehris (street vendors) have to be relocated in the area in which they have been operating for the last few years. Following the direction of the court, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had set up a committee to rehabilitate the city’s street vendors in an organised manner.
“We have seen some unpleasant incidents in the last one month as shop owners in Huda sectors thrashed street vendors when they were setting up their kiosks as per the direction of the MCG. This is contempt of court and we will file a case soon. The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 protects street vendors’ rights,” Arvind Singh of Nasvi said.
The MCG is mulling lawful action after shop owners of sectors 56, 14, 31, and 32 protested against setting up kiosks around the market and in the green belts.
“Sub-committees of all RWAs and shopkeepers’ associations have been formed in areas in which the pilot project is being undertaken to iron out any issues that arise in executing the street vending act. The intent is to find an amicable solution to address all concerns. The rehabilitation of street vendors has been a long fought battle that finally resulted in the formation of the Street Vendors ACT. The MCG duly recognises the right to livelihood of the vendors and is undertaking this social project which is one of its kind and a first in the country,” Vivek Kalia, joint commissioner, MCG, said.
Shop owners said they are not against the street vendors but they protested as the MCG has been trying to place them close to existing shops against the Supreme Court direction.
Vinod Kumar, general secretary, Sector 31 Market Association, said, “The kiosks should be at distance from the established market. We want them to be relocated but as per the court direction.”