Int’l Labour Day: NVCO asks Nagaland govt to implement Street Vendors Act

Assures to continue awareness campaign on Act

Kohima, May 2 (MExN): In commemoration of International Labour Day on May 1, Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) has insisted the Nagaland State government to adopt the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.


A press release from NVCO Press & Media Cell informed that two years ago the organization had launched awareness campaign on Street Vendors Act, 2014 and appealed the State government to implement the same.


NVCO assured the people of the State to continue the awareness campaign on the Act as “it is very much important and necessary for the citizens to promote and protect their livelihood and this is going to improve State economy by encouraging the local vendors to promote local product especially organic vegetables and fruits.”


The press release quoted NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi saying, “This Central Act will create a conducive atmosphere for street vendors to do their business in dignity and provide livelihood protection to street vendors across the state.” Savi suggested that the local vendors may be given preferences in the issuing of certificate of vending/license etc.


The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 was passed by the Parliament on February 20, 2014.


The press release also highlighted about ‘Support to Urban Street Vendors’, one of the components of National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM). It aims at addressing the vulnerabilities of the urban street vendors through a multi-pronged approach. This includes: Survey of street vendors and issue of identity cards, development of city street vending plans, infrastructure development of vending zones in the city, training and skill development, financial inclusion, access to credit, and linkages to social security schemes


Up to 5% of the total NULM allocation of the State can be spent on implementation of this component of NULM,” it added.