Right body demands ‘street vendor policy’ in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 14 | Publish Date: 2/14/2020 10:10:50 AM IST

A Manipur based human right body on Friday pressed the state government to formulate a policy for street vendors while taking serious note of the present condition of street vendors of Imphal markets.

The demand of the right body came at a time when street vendor of Khwairamband Keithel in the heart of the city are deprived of their rights to vend their wares after the authority of Manipur government imposed restriction on their vending hours.

The street vendors have been protesting since January 16 last and their business remained uncertain till date. Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), in a statement, today expressed worry that the ongoing impasse has now become a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.  It alleged that restriction being imposing on the street vendors were violation of Article 21- “Right to Live and Personal Liberty”.

The street vendors were not allowed to sell their goods for the last 29 days. It has severely hit their survival. There are more than 2000 women street vendors earning their daily basic livelihood to meet the needs of their family and children. The street vendors earn a minimum of Rs 200 and Rs 500 at the maximum which is once in a while. 

Ever since the restriction imposed by the government, they are facing hardships to meet their daily basic needs, YFPHR alleged in the statement.  The right body then drew the attention of the state chief minister to ensure street vendors are allowed  to do their business at the earliest to avoid violations of their livelihood.It further demanded compensation for the entire period until street vending is allowed. The right body further urged the chief minister to direct the police department to investigate into the alleged collection of money from the street vendors in the name of issuing street vendor’s ID card by a group of people. 

It alleged that while the street vendors were in a state of uncertainty owing to restriction to their business, a group of unknown people were collecting money ranging from Rs 1,300 to Rs 2,000 on the pretext of providing ID card to be issued by the government authority sooner or later.

The right body also reminded a similar instance of collecting money from the street vendors in the name of providing ID card to them.


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