Demonetisation: AAP ministers tell officials to go easy on street vendors

It was decided that in such a scenario, they should be spared any kind of harassment or eviction.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 30, 2016 4:01 am

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday held a meeting with senior government officials and discussed how street vendors had been facing “increased hardship” due to the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. It was decided that in such a scenario, they should be spared any kind of harassment or eviction.

Officials said the government’s urban development secretary stressed that vendors who have proof as per the Street Vendors Act should not be evicted. He pointed out that in a lot of places, many genuine vendors were also being evicted on grounds of not having a licence, defeating the whole purpose of the Street Vendors Act.

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According to officials, the ministers said that in light of demonetisation, vendors were “finding it hard to earn their livelihood”. They added that “unnecessary eviction or harassment by police or local authorities will further aggravate their troubles.”

“Those at the meeting said existing vendors should be regulated as per the established norms and no new vendors should be allowed to come up in areas from where eviction has already taken place. They said a balance between the right of the public and livelihood of the vendors be maintained,” said an official.