By Accommodation Times News Services
As per a report of National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCUES), the estimated number of street vendors in urban areas was in the range of 17 to 25 Lakhs in the year 1999-2000. National Policy on Urban Street Vendors 2009 estimates that in several cities street vendors count for about 2% of the population. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), in the Lok Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Shri S.S. Ramasubbu.
The Minister further stated that in order to protect the rights of urban street vendors and to regulate street vending activities, the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of street Vending) Bill, 2012 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 6th September, 2012. The proposed Act provides for a survey of existing street vendors. The manner of identification of street vendors will be specified in the scheme made by the concerned State/UT Governments as per provisions of the proposed Act, the Minister added.