Street vendors irate over delay in formation of vending zones
Irate over the municipal corporation's (MC) delay in creating vending zones, the street vendors of the city are set to initiate an agitation against it. The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Ludhiana Rehri and Fari Federation will hold a press conference on Tuesdaypunjab Updated: Jun 10, 2013 23:06 IST
Irate over the municipal corporation's (MC) delay in creating vending zones, the street vendors of the city are set to initiate an agitation against it.
The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Ludhiana Rehri and Fari Federation will hold a press conference on Tuesday, in which they claim they would highlight the alleged loopholes in the policies of the MC that had prevented formation of a proper policy for street vendors so far.
The street vendors had submitted a proposal for the vending zones to municipal commissioner RK Verma in December last year. However, vendors claim there has not been much progress on the matter, and consequently they were dissatisfied with the civic body.
NASVI members have also alleged that the MC was harassing the street vendors in different areas of the city through its tehbazari or anti-encroachment wing.
They alleged that it was the “mafia”, who charged money from street vendors, that was not allowing the MC to form a policy for street vendors.
Street vendors in Ludhiana provide items of daily use, including vegetables and fruits, to residents. However, they also cause traffic jams in several areas of the city, which have narrow roads.
“Former MC commissioner AK Sinha was in favour of formation of a policy for the street vendors of Ludhiana. His successor, MS Jaggi, also tried to devise a policy for the vendors. But since his appointment as MC Commissioner, RK Verma has remained involved only in meetings and has done nothing concrete,” said Ranjit Abhigyan, programme manager, NASVI.
He said street vendors had expected that Verma would take some action in favour of their demands, but he did not meet their expectations.
“Last year in December, Verma had told us during a meeting that a proposal for creation of vending zones should be formed. A proposal, after several deliberations and mapping of 77 locations for vending zones, was submitted to MC in February this year but nothing has been done so far,” Abhigyan said.
Tiger Singh, general secretary, Ludhiana Rehri Fadi Federation, said, “It is unfortunate that instead of working on the proposal and providing a fair deal to the street vendors, the MC often undertakes eviction drives in different areas.”
NASVI is a national platform of 715 street vendor organisations, trade unions and community-based groups across 23 states, including Punjab.
It has been struggling to get an effective and inclusive central law to protect the livelihood right of street vendors of the country. The union cabinet has already approved the Bill in this context that could be passed in the monsoon session of the Parliament.
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had earlier told HT that MC was working on a policy for street vendors in which vending zones would be created for them.