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     May 5, '14


Price to pay on the Indian street
By Neeta Lal

In the absence of a law protecting their right to livelihood, India's 20 million street vendors used to hawk their goods illegally, making them vulnerable to extortion, harassment, heavy fines and sudden evictions. That started to change in 2010, when the Supreme Court declared hawking a fundamental right.

The Indian government then drafted the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill 2012, which


was passed by both houses of parliament and received the presidential nod in March this year. However, the law has not yet been implemented, so vendors continue to face extortion by police and harassment from the street mafia.

As vendors, who are mostly rural migrants or laid-off workers, feel increasing distress that their struggle for protection is not yet over, NGOs blame the ongoing general elections for the delay.

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(Inter Press Service)










 

 

 
 



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