Commissioner promises not to issue challan and harass street vendors
INDIA (NEW DELHI) - 20TH JANUARY: Thousands of Street Vendors from different markets of Delhi marched in different groups to the three Municipal Corporation offices in Delhi demanding an immediate stop of the issuing of challans on frivolous and many a times no grounds. A challan, in this case is a term generally used in India when a receipt for payment is issued to vendors in order for them to trade. Protestors marched to the Civic Centre, NDMC Palika Kendra and Udogsadan, where offices of the four Municipal Bodies are located and demanded immediate survey of street vendors. Thereafter they locked the gates of these Corporations shouting "NAGAR NIGAMS ARE NARAK NIGAMS."
Marginalised Workers in South Asia demand for Transformative Social Protection
The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Foundation (OSHE), the Hong-Kong based Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), and the South Asian partners of the Asian Roundtable on Social Protection (AROSP) co-organised a meeting of grassroots workers organisations from different South Asian countries to discuss the issue of social protection.
The programme was held at the BRAC Inn Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh where 41 representatives from 30 grassroots worker organisations from the informal economy, trade unions and labour NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka had participated.
The meeting aimed to deepen the understanding of the marginalised workers in the region on social protection issues and to formulate common social protection demands that South Asian marginalised workers who can jointly campaign for at the sub-regional levels.
[Santiago, Chile. November 19, 2014] On Friday 14th November, the National Independent Workers` Union of Transport Hawkers and Allied Sector (SINTRALOC) celebrated International Street Vendors Day worldwide. Along with this they made a request to the government to officially recognize their day.
Court Order restores hope for the implementation of Vending Act
India - New Delhi, 10thDecember, 2014: Hearing a writ petition of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) against continuous eviction and harassment of street vendors in Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi took a strong exception of blatant violation of the Street Vending Act, 2014 and repeated deliberate ignorance of court orders. Annoyed, the division bench of Hon’ble Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Hon’ble Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the petitioner to file a contempt petition for dis-obeying the earlier court orders.
Appearing for the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), Advocate Prashant Bhushan, drew attention of the bench to the sad situation that the municipal and police authorities not only ignore the court orders but openly defying it and they keep extorting “HAFTA” from the poor vendors.