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Street vendors hail passing of bill in Rajya Sabha

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 25, 2014
First Published: 20:32 IST(25/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:33 IST(25/2/2014)

Street vendors in Ludhiana may soon get specific areas for vending their street food, as the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha during parliament session recently.

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The street vendors now want that MC should form a specific area for street vendors in the city immediately, so that they get relief. MC was already mulling over a plan to establish vending zones after the Supreme Court's direction given last year, but the passage of bill first by the Lok Sabha and now by Rajya Sabha has further given momentum to the movement.

Ludhiana Rehri Fadi Association under the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has been leading a movement in the city regarding formation of vending zones in the city with at least 25,000 street vendors. These street vendors were considered to be illegal and were fined anytime by the MC.

Association general secretary Tiger Singh said the street vendors thanked the union government for passing the bill in Parliament.
He said harassment was being faced by the street vendors in the city at the hands of MC officials, and police who threatened them (street vendors) of strict action.

Now when street vending zones would be established in the entire city, we would be stationed there legally, Singh added.

According to the sources in MC, a list of vending zones had been formed and a copy of that had also been sent to 75 councillors for their consideration.

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