A political slugfest begins in Delhi after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced to implement the Street Vending Act, 2014, to provide legal protection to street vendors and hawkers in the national capital.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader on September 24 said street vendors and hawkers play an important role in the economy of every country and city. Compared to other countries, India has not taken steps to organise them or give them legal status, he said.

The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 (commonly called as Street Vending Act) is an initiative to protect the livelihood rights and social security of urban street vendors in the country and thereby aid poverty alleviation efforts of the Government, as mentioned by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

The Act aims at fostering a congenial environment for the urban street vendors to carry out their activities without harassment from any quarter.

CM Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement

The Delhi CM, on September 24, said that Delhi will become the first state to implement the Street Vending Act. “Under it, town vending committees have been set up and a notification has been issued,” he said.

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