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Town Vending Committee polls: HC seeks govt reply

The High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the city government on a plea challenging certain provisions of the Delhi Street Vendors Act, 2014, relating to representation of street vendors in Town Vending Committee polls.

A bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its reply. The court was hearing a petition, filed by NGO “Janodaya Ekta Samiti” through advocate Krishna K Singh. The NGO, representing association of street vendors, alleged that Rule 14 of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, “arbitrarily” limits the scope of effective representation of street vendors in Town Vending Committee in two ways.

“First, by not allowing the street vendors association to participate in the election process as mandated in the parent Act. Secondly, by permitting only those street vendors who are holding certificate of vending (tehbazari licences) to participate in the election process. Thus, it debars maximum number of existing street vendors from participating in the election process who are not holding any tehbazari licence and who are yet to be granted certificate of vending only after their comprehensive survey contemplated under Section 3(1) of the Street Vendors Act, 2014,” the plea said.
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