By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangalore : There is a willful delay in publishing rules by UDD to make rules for The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 Despite Several states have made rules based on draft Rules published by central government and And whereas, sub-section (1) of section 38 of the Street Vendors Act provides for framing of a scheme by the appropriate Government within six months from the date of commencement of the Act as on 1-05-2014.Despite difficulties were removed by an executive orderS.O. 3250(E).-- New Delhi, the 1st December, 2015by substitutionIn sub-section(1) of section 38 of the Street Vendors Act, for the words "within six months from the date of commencement of this Act”, the words "within six months from the date of coming into force of the rules framed under section 36” shall be substituted. .Under the rules it can issue license for street vending to street vendors.This will stop harassment to street vendors and pedestrians both as it will be regulated for both and balance approach will solve the long standing problem faced by people.The draft rules and principal Actand rules made by other state arepublished in central government website. mhupa.gov.in. The Street Vendors Act, 2014 is a pioneering initiative to protect the livelihood rights and social security of urban street vendors in the country and thereby aid poverty alleviation efforts of the Government. The Act aims at fostering a congenial environment for the urban street vendors to carry out their activities without harassment from any quarter. It also provides for regulation of urban street vending and is uniformly and mandatorily applicable to all the States and Union Territories.
Why UDD is delaying to make rules for The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.Under the rules it can issue license for street vending to street vendors .This will stop harassment to street vendors and pedestrians both as it will be regulated for both and balance approach will solve the long standing problem faced by people.The Bruhat Bengaluru Beedhi Vyaapaari Sanghatanegala Okkoota (Federation of Street Vendor Unions of Bangalore) is a federation of Street Vendor unions in several areas of Bangalore. Their member organisations have organised unions in Vijayanagar, Gandhinagar, Shivajinagar, K.R.Market, Kamakshipalya, Aerohalli Ward No.72, Yegganahalli, Rajajinagar, Dodda Gollarahatti, 1st & 2nd Block, Nandini Layout, Nandini Layout,Ramkrishnanagar, Cholurpalya, Goragunte playa, Kamalanagar and several other areas of Bangalore. One of thier member organisations, in the Vijayanagar Beedhi Vyaaparigala Sanghatane is in fact the first registered Street Vendors Union in Karnataka. They have been working with vendors in different areas, making them aware of the New Street Vendors Act. Bangalore is home to 1.5lakh - 2lakh street vendors. Street Vendors do not depend on the government for a livelihood but instead work hard to make a decent living. Many of the urban poor and middle class people in Bangalore depend on Street Vendors for access to goods and services at affordable rates. Thousands of wholesalers are also dependent on street vendors for their business. thus an entire economic system is based on street vending.Street Vendors have long been considered encroachers, in spite of several judgments and policies hailing street vendors an integral part of the city and clearly mention that the right to vend on a street is a fundamental right. the latest judgement on the issue - the judgment of the Supreme court on September 9th 2013 in Maharastra Ekta Hawkers Union and ANR Versus state of Maharashtra and others clearly states that street vendors have a right to the footpath and they cannot be removed in the name of public convenience.On the March 4th 2014 the Hon'ble President gave his assent to the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihoods and Regulation)Act, 2014. This progressive act not only protects our rights but also envisages the creation of a participatory mechanism to plan, protect and regulate vending in the cities - the Town Vending Committee (TVC) . A minimum of 40% of the TVC must consist of Street Vendors themselves. One of the first activities to be done under the act is to construct a survey of all street vendors in the cities and provide them with a license to vend. The survey must be done by the TVC. However the TVC in Bangalore is not constituted since the rules for the Street Vendors Act, which guide the formation of the TVC have not yet been framed. Theyhave demanded that the state government frame the rules as soon as possible and the Urban Development Department has assured us of action. Section 3(3) of the act states that till the above mentioned survey is complete, no Street Vendors are to be evicted. However several BBMP officials, corporators and several police officials are unaware of the act and attempt to hamper street vending. In the last few months, various agencies have attempted to disrupt vending in the Water Tank area , Vijayanagar; Kamakshipalya and other areas. However, once thefederation brought the act to the notice of the officials, they then did not hamper the streetvendors.