Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has said that the organisation has submitted a letter to the chief minister, concerning the ongoing issue faced by the street vendors of Khwairamband Keithel.
YFPHR has appealed to the government to allow the vendors to sell at the market, and direct the police department to investigate on the collection of cash in the name of issuing IDs, stated a release.
The organisation has demanded the government to conduct a thorough scrutiny and identification of the real street vendors, formulate proper street vendor policy and conduct a survey on the cause of multiplication of street vendors in the state, it stated.
The letter spoke of the threat faced by street vendors due to prohibition of selling any products since January 29, it stated. More than 2,000 women vendors are facing hardship to meet their basic needs, it further stated. It has also been noted that some unknown women had been collecting a sum of Rs 1,300 to 2,000 from the vendors with the promise of issuing new street vendor ID card, it stated. Earlier also, a sum of Rs 250 to 500 were informed to have been collected to obtain a street vendor card and so far nothing had been done, it stated.
The release further said, moreover, a number of street vendors had to borrow money from money lenders and now are facing hardship to repay the borrowed money. Many of them also could not pay for their children’s education, some fear that their children might not be able to take the BOSEM and COSHEM examinations, it stated. The organisation has also demanded the state to provide compensation for the entire period until they are allowed to sell, it added.