Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken Saturday alleged that the Delhi government, Delhi Police, municipal corporations and the New Delhi Municipal Council were “competing to evict street vendors”.
“In the past three days, nearly 10,000 street vendors have been illegally evicted from their vending zones despite the orders of the Delhi High Court,” he claimed.
Maken said when he was the Union Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Minister in 2013, he had introduced the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, which was passed in 2014 by the Congress-led UPA government.
He added that in the 2014 Act, a clear provision had been made that without providing designated vending zones, street vendors would not be evicted. “First of all, the Town Vending Committees would have to be constituted and after that a survey would be conducted to identify vending and non-vending zones,” he said.
On September 9, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, on a PIL filed by Maken, had passed an order that no street vendor shall be evicted without the due process of law.
On October 5, the bench had modified its earlier order by directing that the said order “shall not be applicable to the areas identified as non-squatting zones under the schemes existing prior to the enforcement of the Act of 2014”.
Maken announced that the Delhi ‘Rehri-Patri Congress’ will hold demonstrations on October 13, Thursday, outside the 12 zones of the municipal corporations and the headquarters of the NDMC.
“Street vendors are suffering because of the AAP government in Delhi, as the government has not fully implemented the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. Because of that the street venders are not only facing harassment from various agencies, but are also being illegally evicted,” he said.