Reinvigorated push for central peddling law

SHILLONG, April 14: The Meghalaya Street Vendors and Hawkers Corps on Thursday called on Chief Secretary Rebecca Suchiang to deliberate on how to implement the Central Hawking and Street Vending Act in the state , which continues to persist as a burning issue for stakeholders.
This development follows the recent position of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs on the implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihoods and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014.
The Committee concluded that the provisions of the Meghalaya State Law on peddling were contrary to the central law and recommended that the government of Meghalaya notify the rules of the legislation at the earliest.
The Meghalaya and Greater Shillong Progressive Hawkers and Street Vendors Association recalled that since 2016 they had called on the state government to implement the Central Hawking and Street Vending Act, but several ministers of urban affairs and secretaries in chief have unfortunately chosen to remain indifferent to the “legality-strong demands of the association.
Speaking to reporters, Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR) member Angela Rangad said, “The association feels a sense of victory as its long struggle to secure the rule of law has been recognised.”
“It is sad that the government of Meghalaya has once again been caught in the act by the Union government. This situation could have been avoided if the bureaucracy and the political class had listened to the local voices,” he said. she declared.
While clamoring for central law enforcement, the association again submitted the details of the draft regulations and regime of the central law as well as the detailed plans for investigation, calculation of the accommodation capacity and legal identification of sales areas to the chief secretary.
“We hope there will be no further delay in the implementation of the central law on peddling and street selling,” she added.

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