The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice to Panchkula municipal commissioner on a plea filed by street vendors of Panchkula alleging harassment by the authorities concerned.
The plea was filed by Footpath Worker Swarojgar Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, a street vendors union.
The high court division bench has sought response from the Haryana government, the Panchkula municipal commissioner and chief administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), by November 4.
The petitioner has stated that the Parliament had passed Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, which guarantees the street vendors right to work as a street vendors and eviction only as per provisions of the Act. However, as a legal notice was served on authorities concerned in August for the implementation of the same, they are resorting to raids in different sectors to confiscate carts and goods of such vendors to forcefully evict them, it has been submitted.
The petitioner has sought direction restraining the respondents from evicting the street vendors, except as per the provisions of the Act.
The directions should also be issued to constitute a ‘town-vending committee’ consisting of street vendors, besides carrying out a survey to issue certificates to street vendors so that they are not harassed, the court was told.