Imphal street vendors protest against eviction

Imphal street vendors protest against eviction
Women street vendors in Imphal city protesting against eviction in front of IMC office in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 29 | Publish Date: 12/29/2018 11:01:06 AM IST

Women street vendors in Imphal city Saturday stormed the office of Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) to address their plights.

The street vendors rose up after they were allegedly evicted by the police in the last two days.

Around 300 women street vendors, who stormed at the IMC office in the heart of the capital city, remained their shouting various slogans highlighting their plights until a strong police team dispersed them.

No injury was reported among the agitating vendors in the police action. However, after they were dispersed from there, they proceeded to chief minister’s secretariat to submit a memorandum.

In the memorandum submitted by some of their leaders, they complained that license holder street vendors were not allowed to do business inspite of an order of the IMC permitting them in Khwairamband Ima Keithel.

They further demanded that 350 vendors of Nagamapal Women Vendor Union must be allowed to erect temporary shed to protect themselves and their merchandise from sunlight and rain. Concerned authority of the IMC must issue an order regarding the matter on or before January 11, 2019, it added.

If their demands were not addressed by the set deadline, they will be compelled to resort to agitation in democratic way to achieve their genuine demands.

The street vendors rose up barely two days after vendors of Imphal’s Khwairamband Ima Keithel (mother market) rose up demanding market policy to save probably world’s only all-women run market place.

On December 27, they have lodged a protest against street vendors while alleging that their business have been greatly suffered due to street vendors who occupied the spaces surrounding the all-women run market-sheds whole day.

They claimed that the unchecked activities of the street vendors have also challenged the image of the iconic world famous historic all-women run market place. The women vendors threatened to surrender their vendor cards issued by competent authority if their demands are not addressed before January 10, 2019.

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