Municipal commissioner Baldeo Purushartha has ordered the enforcement employees to not remove, relocate or evict any street vendor.
No street vendor will be challaned from Saturday onwards. The order forms part of the Street Vendors Act, which mentioned that until the survey be completed by the agency concerned, no vendor will be removed. However, the order even mentioned that no new street vendor would be allowed.
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The order mentioned, “As per Chapter II Section (3) (Regulation of street vending, survey of street vendors and protection from eviction or relocation), no street vendor shall be evicted or relocated till the survey specified under sub-section (1) has been completed and the certificate of vending is issued to all street vendors.”
According to the act, only those vendors would not be relocated that are mobile vendors, who carry out vending activities in designated area by moving from one place to another place vending their goods and services, and stationary vendors, the street vendors who carry out vending activities on a regular basis at a specific location.
The order further stated, “Since the request for proposal has been decided and also the award to be given to the agency, it will commission its works for conducting survey for mapping, zoning, registration certificate as per the Request For Proposal (RFP), it is therefore ordered that the existing street vendors should not be removed, evicted or relocated in terms of Section 3 (3) of the act until the survey is completed and the registration certificate is issued by the Town Vending Committee, except in cases which may cause any loss to life and property or any exigency from law and order point of view, traffic problems or is under order of any court. However, no new street vendors shall be allowed.”
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To implement the Street Vendors Act, 2014, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has approved the rules, according to which the municipal corporation has drafted the scheme in consultation with the local authority and Town Vending Committee by the secretary local government.