SC rules in favour of Rajasthan street vendors

List of no-vending zones to be reviewed in consultation with Town Vending Committee

GN Bureau | July 13, 2016


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SC rules in favour of Rajasthan street vendors
SC rules in favour of Rajasthan street vendors

The Supreme Court has disposed of an appeal after the Additional Advocate General of State of Rajasthan gave an undertaking to comply with Section 21 of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 in letter and spirit.

Centre For Civil Society in association with Heritage City Thadi-Thela Union challenged the Rajasthan High Court order given in D.B. Public Interest Litigation Petition No 6623 of 2012. This implies that the list of no-vending zones dated March 13, 2016 will be reviewed in consultation with the Town Vending Committee hereon. Jaipur Municipal Corporation also agreed in its written reply that the Act is indeed applicable to Rajasthan and it is in the process of implementing it by framing the rules and drafting a scheme to comply with the provisions of the act, said a press communiqué.

As per Section 21 of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 (“Central Act”), no-vending zones cannot be demarcated by the local authorities without the recommendations of the Town Vending Committee. A no-vending zone can be declared only in conformity to the plan carried out for street vending. According to the Central Act, existing or natural markets must not be declared as no-vending zones, overcrowding and sanitary concerns cannot be basis for declaring any zone a no-vending zone and a zone cannot be declared a no-vending zone until a survey has been carried out and the plan for street vending formulated.

Hailing the Supreme Court order, Prashant Narang, advocate with Centre for Civil Society, said, “JMC must stop the evictions now. The Act should have been implemented last year. Other states have already conducted surveys and constituted town vending committees. Anyway, it’s better late than never.”

Banwari Lal Sharma, President, Heritage City Thadi-Thela Union, Jaipur said, “The Rajasthan state government and Municipal Corporation must adhere to their own undertaking. The Street Vendors Act 2014 should be acted upon to create a town vending committee which should undertake surveys and issues proper licenses to the street vendors in order to create appropriate vending zones in future.”

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