The Rajasthan State Street Vendor Policy 2007 (Pheriwalon Ka Sansar) is effective in the state under which the Municipal Corporation is supposed to issue license and identity card to street vendors and develop vending zones. The policy even after more than 3 years of existence has not been implemented in any city of the state. Department of Local Bodies, Rajasthan Government has written several reminder letters as well to Municipal Corporations but still nothing has moved so far. On the contrary the Jaipur Municipal Corporation is running eviction drive against the poor street vendors and confiscating their carts and goods leaving poor street entrepreneurs and their families to starve.
On Tuesday, 03 May 2011 Jaipur Municipal Corporation evicted street vendors from Kabir Marg in Bani Park area and confiscated their carts and goods. The poor street vendors approached us and we facilitated a small demonstration of evicted street vendors to register their protest. The street vendors protested team of Municipal Corporation and blocked the road. However, the street vendors couldn’t do much as the municipal corporation had a huge team of officials and police.
We facilitated a meeting of evicted street vendors with Urban Development Minister, Mr. Shanti Dhariwal in leadership of former Member of legislative Assembly, Mr. Uday Singh Rathore. The street vendors met the minister, requested him not to consider street vendors encroachers and formally submitted a memorandum.
Here is a copy of press release, memorandum and press cutting:
Here are some pictures of the protest during eviction and meeting Urban Development Minister: