Street vendors, owing allegiance to the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate in the city on Wednesday demanding the implementation of the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors in Tamil Nadu immediately.
The State Government should immediately begin the preliminary works for implementation of the policy in all the towns and cities in Tamil Nadu.
Vendors should be issued identity cards, licences for their shops and allotted sites of the shops apart from being extended credit, they demanded.
Vending committees, comprising representatives of street vendors, urban local bodies, police and residents welfare associations, should be formed to monitor the implementation of the policy. Whenever major schemes such as the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission, road development/four-lane and other development projects were implemented, care should be taken that street vendors were not affected.
The State Government should immediately form a welfare board for petty shopkeepers and street-side vendors immediately.
Big companies should be banned from entering small business. Street vendors should allotted sites in Chathram Bus Stand, Rockfort, Singarathope, Gandhi Market and Thillai Nagar areas in Tiruchi city, the agitators demanded.
Tamizhagan, coordinator, NASVI, Tiruchi district, presided over the demonstration.