Organised By NASVI India
16th National Conference from Encroachers to Self-Employed
The theme of the national conference “From Encroachers to Self-Employed” was an ode to the street vendors of our nation who have fought for years to shed the tag of an encroacher and are now striving to be recognised as a self-employed entrepreneurs, demanding the respect that is long overdue. NASVI salutes the grit and resilience of each and every vendor and we stand united in support of their cause. The 2-day event was attended by 682 vendors from 22 states of India.
Highlights from the Conference
Among the attendees were vendors from Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Bihar, J&K, AP, UP, Maharashtra, Telangana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, HP, MP, Gujarat and West Bengal.
The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Arbind Singh, National Coordinator of NASVI, followed by vendor leaders from different places including Dehradun, Purnia, Bangalore, Vijayanagar, Chennai and Ludhiana reminiscing about their journey with NASVI and paying tribute to their collective struggle and encouraging all to continue with their fight.
NASVI President Chandra Prakash Singh spoke about NASVI’s history and its vision. Speaking about the substantial contribution made by the street vendors to the country’s economy, Mr. Singh highlighted the entrepreneurial spirit of the vendors and their self-reliant nature.
Among the Guest of Honor were Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh (IAS) and Shri Subhash Singh, Mayor of Cuttack Odisha.
34 vendor leaders were felicitated for their efforts during the covid pandemic and were honoured with the “Vendor Samaan Award”.