Jeevika campaign facilitated a mass demonstration at Jaipur Municipal Corporation head office on Wednesday, 20 April 2011. More than 500 Street Vendors from different areas of the city such as Baishali, Chitrakut, Hassanpura, NBC Road, Shashtri Nagar, Dudh Mandi, Vivek Vihar, Gujjar Ki Thadi, Jawahar Circle, Riddhi-Siddhi Chauraha, Lal Kothi, and Collectorate came to participate in the demonstration.
The street vendors demonstrated to demand implementation of the Rajasthan State Urban Street Vendor Policy 2007 (Pheriwalon Ka Sansar). The policy is in effect in state since 2007 but the Municipal Corporation has not shown interest to implement it. The recent anti encroachment drive also witnessed only eviction of street vendors in stead big shots who have illegal constructions on public land.
The demonstration started at 11 AM and continued till 3 PM after meeting Chief Executive Officer. A group of street vendors’ representatives (Amit Kumar Gond, Banwari Sharma, Nathu Singh Rathore, Om Prakash Chipa) met the CEO and submitted formal memorandum. The CEO promised not to evict street vendors and requested to maintain cleanliness and convenience of public on road and public area. He also promised to start the work under the provisions of the state policy soon.
Here is the copy of memorandum:
Here are the newspaper and video clips:
Here are few pictures of the mass demonstration: