500 street vendors take out rally

Around 500 street vendors took part in a march at Gandhi Maidan on Friday under the banner of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) to protest against the non-implementation of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, and Bihar State Vendor (Protection of Livelihood & Regulation of Street Vending) Scheme & Rule 2017.

By Our Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 15.09.18
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Street vendors take part in the protest on Friday. Telegraph picture

Patna: Around 500 street vendors took part in a march at Gandhi Maidan on Friday under the banner of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) to protest against the non-implementation of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, and Bihar State Vendor (Protection of Livelihood & Regulation of Street Vending) Scheme & Rule 2017.

Both have provisions for rehabilitation of evicted street vendors in the earmarked vending zones by the municipal corporation. The vendors said the district administration was sternly evicting vendors from different points but they were not rehabilitating them in the vending zones, as there was delay in creation of the zones. Also many vendors were yet to get their identity cards because they were left out in the survey after which identity cards were distributed.

The vendors demanded inclusion in the proposed Smart City scheme saying every citizen was supposed to be included in the scheme. Vendors from various Patna markets participated in the march. "Sellers on footpath are not encroachers but are self-employed," was the slogan raised by vendors during their protest.