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Uniformed vendors for better security

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 23:42 IST
Prabhu Razdan
Prabhu Razdan
Hindustan Times
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A posh Faridabad locality has adopted a novel way to ensure its safety. Residents of Ward 29 in Sector 9 have got their vendors to don uniforms.

As many as 52 vendors have been brought under the scheme and will be given I-cards once verification is complete.

Most of them belong to UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The brain behind the idea is Dhanesh Adlakha, Corporator, Ward number 29.

“I thought why not have a vendors’ force? This would help them earn their living honourably and at the same time, they can keep a watch on outsiders entering the ward,” Adlakha said.

However, before donning the uniform, the vendors have to agree to certain conditions.

“The conditions are -- they must wear their uniforms and I-cards and get their verification done by a competent authority,” Adlakha said.

The vendors immediately took to the idea.

“In any security check after terror threats, we have to face a tough time with the police. That won’t happen now,” said Hari Singh, president, Sector 9 Hawkers’ Association.

“We collected Rs 600 each from 52 vendors and got two sets of uniforms for each vendor,” Singh said.

“We have distributed pamphlets advising residents to not purchase anything from vendors without uniforms,” Adlakha said.

The vendors say the uniforms earn them respect. “Residents have begun respecting us now that we wear uniforms and I-Cards,” said Kanya Kumar, a uniformed vendor.

However, the movement of scrap dealers (kabaris) is restricted in this ward. “They can enter the ward only between 10 am and 3 pm on Sundays,” Adlakha said.

However, the idea is not going to be restricted to Sector 29 alone. “Very soon, we’ll take the idea to other sectors like Sector 15A, 11 and 19,” said Adlakha.