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Manipur based rights body demands street vendor policy

Newmai News Network

IMPHAL | February 14

A Manipur based rights body on Friday alleged that the government's move of evicting street vendors in Imphal markets is a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.


Police have been evicting street vendors from selling their goods on the streets at the market places in Imphal following an order of the Imphal Municipal Corporation.


The order of the IMC allows street vendors vending their goods for limited period from 5 am till 9 am and after 4 pm which received a strong protest from the street vendors.


As no amicable solution comes up till date, street vendors have been left with no business for the last one month.


Noting seriously the rights of the street vendors, Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) said that the ongoing impasse has now become a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.


YFPHR, in a statement, informed that it had submitted a communication letter to the state chief minister, drawing his attention to the problem being faced by the street vendors.


Restriction imposed on the street vendors is violation of Article 21, “Right to Live and Personal Liberty”, the YFPHR alleged in the statement.


It pointed out that the street vendors are not allowed to sell their goods for the last 29 days.


The Forum said that there are more than 2000 women street vendors earning their daily basic livelihood for their survival and to meet the daily needs of their families and children.


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