Dear All NASVI Members, Friends, Supporters and Well Wishers
National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) is pleased to share with you all that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development has tabled its report on the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill on the floor of the both Houses of Parliament.
The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 6 September, 2012 and after getting access to the Bill, we had hailed it with riders as it had many positives, but also several shortcomings.
We had raised the points of amendments to the Bill and even campaigned for incorporating the points of amendments. Subsequently, the Bill was sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development. Last year in October, NASVI had also called on the Standing Committee chairperson to put forth the issues.
In the month of December, 2012, the Standing Committee started the sittings of depositions. On 17 December, it had called us for deposition and we deposed our issues there. From December, 2012 to March, 2013, the Standing Committee made several sittings and we remained informed on the developments.
When this year the Budget Session of Parliament started, we again thought to keep the issue live and decided to organize a Street Vendors Parliament in Delhi on 13 March. We conducted a week long Rath Campaign in Delhi, met several MPs and political leaders and finally successfully organized the event. The Street Vendors Parliament proved very effective and it was the day the Standing Committee tabled its report on the floor of the Houses. On the day, we called upon all the MPs to support and pass the Bill in the Parliament.
After re-approval of the amended Bill by the Union Cabinet, the Bill is set to be tabled in the Houses for passing. We are hopeful that the Bill would get passed in the current session itself.
We thank you all for struggles and support interventions.