16th Meeting of National Association of Street Vendors of India

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Recently, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri addressed the 6th meeting of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) organised on the topic "From encroachers to self-employment".

Street vendors 

  • Street vendors are individuals who offer to sell goods to the public on a large scale without a permanent built structure to sell the goods.

  • Street vendors permanently occupy pavements or other public/private places to sell goods or temporarily move their goods from one place to another by carrying their goods in push carts or head baskets.

Street vendors population

  • The number of street vendors has increased significantly in major cities around the world, especially in developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

  • Around 49.48 lakh street vendors have been identified in India.

  • Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of 8.49 lakh street vendors, followed by Madhya Pradesh with 7.04 lakh street vendors.

  • There are only 72,457 street vendors in Delhi.

  • No street vendor has been identified in Sikkim.

Constitutional Provisions for Street Vendors

  • Article 19(1)(g) gives fundamental right to Indian citizens to practice any profession or to carry on business, trade or commerce.

  • According to Article 14 of the Constitution, the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.

  • Under Article 38(1), the State shall direct the State to promote the welfare of the people by ensuring a social order in which social, economic and political justice shall be ensured in the national institutions.

  • Article 38(2) directs to 'reduce inequalities in income status, facilities and opportunities'.

  • Article 39 (A) directs the State to formulate policy to ensure that citizens, men and women alike, have the right to access to an adequate means of livelihood.

  • Article 41 specifically provides for the 'right to work' within the limits of the economic capacity of the state.

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