Many like to shop items sold by street vendors. Vendors supplement the shops and are not a competition to the shops. Often shop keepers bribe the policemen to chase away the vendors. When we visit monuments, the street vendors rush to us selling memorabilia or souvenirs at cheap prices. At once we feel that the poverty is result of monumental mistakes made by the government. The ancient monument is as ancient as poverty. Poverty is live and the stone monument is dead.Poverty depresses us and the marvels of the ancient monument is immediately forgotten.
That is why the National Advisory Committee has drafted the Street Vendors Bill. These poor sellers form the natural market. They should be given space. Otherwise they find their own locations which are viable. Poor children are mostly selling in the streets. They should be allowed after school hours to sell and make a living. Some social security must be given to the street vendors. When women sell, they have to encounter violence in the streets(remarks too). Some credit may be given so that they have a fixed way of living. Some insurance is needed as their wares are easily lost or confiscated by thieves or policemen. Mainly policemen confiscate or ask for a bribe if wares are to be returned.
Which zones would be given for them to sell? May be a layout plan be made. ID cards may be issued to the vendors.If vendors cannot be located to a new zone, they should be given some money as compensation.Often violent persons confiscate the wares of the vendors, even the police confiscates.Then what?Their zones should fixed and they should not be evicted, they should be given education on their rights. Their vending sites should be identified. They are the informal economy, they should be given supporting space.When we complain that our economy is not doing well, did we ever think how these street people live?