Arunachal's vendor association holds rally demanding permanent market



Hundreds of vendors of Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh under the banner of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) carried out a peaceful rally on Monday from Gandhi Chowk, Pasighat main market to Deputy Commissioner’s office at High Region demanding permanent vendor market in the township.

The vendors led by BMS East Siang Unit expressed resentment over the delay of district administration in responding to the grievances of the vendors.

Their prime demands included compensation of damages suffered by affected vendors during eviction drive in the main market last year, permanent location for vendors and demand of shifting all the vendors within the township to one place.

BMS President Mipet Tayeng along with her other executive members including Abing Mengu, Pasony Lego, Ajay Saroh and Vendor Association President Oti Panggeng and Anjuly Ering spoke on behalf of the entire vendors and camped at the entry of the DC Office till the authorities called them in for a meeting in the evening.

Responding to the demands and protest of the vendors and BMS, Deputy Commissioner, Pasighat, Dr Kinny Singh agreed on shifting all the vendors of the township, including the ones at Medical Charali, D. Ering Hr. Sec. School field, opposite NRL Petrol pump, etc to APMC market site near ALG, Pasighat.

The emergency meeting was also attended by Chief Councilor PMC, ADC (HQ), Supt. of Police, Pasighat, Dy.SP, DMO, ADO, other officers including student representatives, vendor leaders and BMS leaders.

The district administration will also soon earmark a permanent location for vendors where a maximum number of vendors could be accommodated, the DC assured.

For compensation of the damages caused to the vendors during the eviction of the vendor market last year, the DC said that there was no provision of compensation for eviction of illegal structures; however, she agreed to look at the compensation part as a kind gesture to promote and help the vendors.

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