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Seminar recommends framing street vendors policy

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, May 18 � A day-long seminar on problem of street vendors in Imphal city has recommended to frame a street vendors policy of the State.

Street Vendors Welfare Association, Imphal sponsored the session which was participated by leaders of various civil society organisations also urged the State Government to do the needful instead of forcefully evacuating them from Imphal main market.

More than 4,000 street vendors are on strike after the authority evacuated them from the Imphal main market to Lamphelpat area following a Cabinet decision on April 25 last.

�No one wants to become a street vendor�, feels Chinglen Maisnam of Manipur University�s Economics department. �This is the byproduct of the victimisation of the victims. This could not be solved by force but needs to be sorted out by formulating a State policy.�

He further opined that besides being a conflict ridden State, unemployment, poverty and inequality are the main reasons behind the sudden increase of number of street vendors in the State capital. He added that the time has come to have proper distribution system and to introduce schemes for the poor urban population.

Ramesh Mishra, legal advisor of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) assured that they are planning to discuss the matter with lawyers to look into the matter.

�We may file a case in the high court�, Mishra said. He also informed that on October 8 last year, the Supreme Court had directed that...nothing sort of law can regulate the fundamental rights of the street vendors under article 19-1(G). The ruling has asked to enact a law for promotion and regulation of the street vendors based on National Policy on Urban street vendors by June 30 next.

NASVI which represents six lakh street vendors under 540 street vendors organisations across 23 States had been demanding a comprehensive legislation on the lines of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to protect and promote livelihood of more than 10 million vendors of the country.

President of Senior Citizens Society N Binoy, CPI leader Dr M Nara, Dr Dhanabir Laishram, leaders of civil society organisations including Ima Ibeni, Ima Memchoubi, Ima Mema, Ibotombi Khuman, Mutum Churamani and others also spoke on the occasion.

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Seminar recommends framing street vendors policy

IMPHAL, May 18 � A day-long seminar on problem of street vendors in Imphal city has recommended to frame a street vendors policy of the State.

Street Vendors Welfare Association, Imphal sponsored the session which was participated by leaders of various civil society organisations also urged the State Government to do the needful instead of forcefully evacuating them from Imphal main market.

More than 4,000 street vendors are on strike after the authority evacuated them from the Imphal main market to Lamphelpat area following a Cabinet decision on April 25 last.

�No one wants to become a street vendor�, feels Chinglen Maisnam of Manipur University�s Economics department. �This is the byproduct of the victimisation of the victims. This could not be solved by force but needs to be sorted out by formulating a State policy.�

He further opined that besides being a conflict ridden State, unemployment, poverty and inequality are the main reasons behind the sudden increase of number of street vendors in the State capital. He added that the time has come to have proper distribution system and to introduce schemes for the poor urban population.

Ramesh Mishra, legal advisor of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) assured that they are planning to discuss the matter with lawyers to look into the matter.

�We may file a case in the high court�, Mishra said. He also informed that on October 8 last year, the Supreme Court had directed that...nothing sort of law can regulate the fundamental rights of the street vendors under article 19-1(G). The ruling has asked to enact a law for promotion and regulation of the street vendors based on National Policy on Urban street vendors by June 30 next.

NASVI which represents six lakh street vendors under 540 street vendors organisations across 23 States had been demanding a comprehensive legislation on the lines of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to protect and promote livelihood of more than 10 million vendors of the country.

President of Senior Citizens Society N Binoy, CPI leader Dr M Nara, Dr Dhanabir Laishram, leaders of civil society organisations including Ima Ibeni, Ima Memchoubi, Ima Mema, Ibotombi Khuman, Mutum Churamani and others also spoke on the occasion.