With the Rajya Sabha passing the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Bill, 2014 (Feb.20), street vendors can heave a sigh of relief. There are more than 10 million urban street vendors in India, and most of them lead a hand-to-mouth existence. Many are migrants to towns and cities and face harassment at every step. What is welcome is the provision of separate vending zones for them.

In a way, street vending is also a type of dignified self-employment which is, unfortunately, looked down upon. Let us hope the only drawback, the lack of vendors’ representatives in the “Town vending authority”, will be looked into.

Ganapathi Bhat,



Street Vendors Bill passed in Rajya SabhaFebruary 19, 2014

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