New Delhi, Feb. 19: The Rajya Sabha today passed the Street Vendors Bill aimed at protecting urban roadside hawkers and sellers from harassment by police and civic authorities.
The legislation, passed by the Lok Sabha on September 6 last year, will benefit over one crore families across the nation.
“Street vendors constitute 2.5 per cent of our populationů I request all my brothers here with folded hands to please pass this very important legislation,” housing and poverty alleviation minister Girija Vyas said in the Rajya Sabha before kicking off the debate on the bill.
Following are some of the highlights of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill:
The bill provides for setting up Town Vending Committees (TVCs), with street vendors accounting for 40 per cent of members. Representatives of NGOs would account for 10 per cent of the members and the rest would include town planners, administrators, police and elected people’s representatives.
The committees would identify vending zones, issue certificates and decide on all other related aspects
The procedure for relocation, eviction and confiscation of goods has been specified and made vendor-friendly. The bill proposes to make recommendations of the vending committees a necessary condition for relocation, which should be exercised as a last resort
Period specified for release of seized goods. If non-perishable, goods to be released within two working days. If perishable, goods to be released the same day the claim is made
Survey of all existing vendors; subsequent survey at least once in five years. Certificate to all vendors identified in survey
Where number of vendors more than holding capacity of vending zone, TVC to carry out draw of lots. Remaining vendors to be accommodated in adjoining zone
No vendor to be evicted till survey completed
If a vendor dies or suffers from any permanent disability or is ill, one family member can vend in his/her place as long as the vending certificate is valid.