Street Vendors face multitude of problems which are given below
- They are not protected by Governments, Unions or any laws.
- Their employment is insecure and irregular.
- Very low income
- This profession is not legal hence they are prone to harassment by various law enforcement agencies.
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What is the Town Vending Committee?
Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act 2014 provides provision to constitute a Town Vending Committee (TVC) that looks into the matters of street vendors. As per the 2014 Act, a TVC can be formed under each local authority and if needed in each ward or zone under local authority. Municipal Commissioner or Chief Executive Officer will head the Town Vending Committee.
What is the Meaning of Roadside Vendor or Street Vendor?
Roadside vendor or street vendor is a person who sells goods or services to the public on pavements, public/private properties; moving from one place to another in push carts, cycles or with baskets on their heads. They don’t have any permanent structures while carrying out their business.
Is Street Vending Legal in India?
There are multiple laws in India framed which gives it semblance of legality.
- National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009
- Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014
- Article 19(1) (g) provides for protection of rights related to freedom to practice any profession, trade, business.
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