Protection of Street Vendors

Dec-11-2012 … The Government is contemplating to bring a Central Legislation to give livelihood rights and social security to vendors and hawkers in the cities/towns. The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of street Vending) Bill, 2012 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 6th September, 2012. Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha has referred the Bill to the Standing Committee on Urban Development for examination. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), in the Lok Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri L. Raja Gopal, Shri S.S. Ramasubbu, Shri Sugumark K, Shri S. Alagiri & Shri Prataprao Ganpatrao Jadhao.

The Minister stated that support of urban street vendors has been proposed as a component under the proposed National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM). This component would aims at credit enablement, micro-enterprise development support and skilling of poor street vendors in urban areas of the country.

Regarding the action plan to check any kind of harassment to this section at the hands of the police and civic officials, the Minister stated that Clause 29 of Chapter IX of the proposed “Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending ) Bill,2012”, provides that no street vendor who carries on the street vending activities in accordance with the terms and conditions of his certificate of vending shall be prevented from exercising such rights by any person or police or any other authority exercising powers under any other law for the time being in force.

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