Meghalaya: Alleviating plight of illegal eviction of Shillong hawkers; National body to the rescue

Shillong, March 18 2017: With the intention to groom up leaders among the hawker community in the State of Meghalaya, an ‘All India Leadership Training Program’ has been conducted from March 17 to March 19 by The National Hawkers Federation at Savio Hall, Dhanketi .

Shillong was a preferred venue for the training programme because the hawker community have been driven out illegally from their location of business by the district administration of Meghalaya over the last year and a half.

Out of 28 States, 17 states comprising of 55 leaders from different states are active participants of the training programme. The federation will hold a mass meeting on March 19 in order to show support to the street vendors of Shillong who are demanding implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 in Meghalaya.

Shaktiman Ghosh, General Secretary said that unions and federations from across the country will support the struggle of the vendors in Shillong and added that the matter would be taken to the Supreme Court if need be.

Ghosh also asserted that hawkers comprise the largest service sector in the country with a turnover of Rs. 8,000 crores for the country. Ghosh also demands the implementation of the Act to be done in Meghalaya through a town vending committee immediately.

The Federation is asking that no street vendor is to be evicted until  detailed surveys  are done by a street vending committee and also issuance of certificates/licences are to be done by the municipality through the town vending committee. A separate hawking zone and the non-hawking zone should be demarcated and finally identity cards should be given to the hawkers.

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