Imphal, Feb 14
Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR), while showing serious concerns to the rights of the street vendors here in Imphal says that the ongoing issues has now become a threat to the livelihood of the street vendors.
A statement of the YFPHR said that a communication letter has been submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur drawing his attention to the problem being faced by the street vendors. The Right body stated that Since January 15, 2020, the street vendors of Khwairamband Keithel are not allowed to sell any products for the last 29 days till the submission of this letter which has now become a threat to their livelihood.
As per the statement that has brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, the YFPHR 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 family and children. The street vendors earn minimum of Rs. 200/- and Rs. 400 – Rs. 500/- at the maximum which is once in a blue moon. Since not allowing the vending by the Government they are facing the hardship to meet their daily basic needs.
The YFPHR also stated that they have learned that a sum of Rs. 1,300/- to Rs. 2,000/- are now being collected from these suffering women in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card by some women among the street vendors being an agent of an unknown person assuring the same which is in need to be identified at the earliest.
This was not the ultimate issue, earlier too a sum of Rs. 250/- to Rs. 500/- were informed to have been collected to obtain a street vendor card and nothing such happened till date, it added.
The Rights body requested the Chief Minister to allow the Street Vending at the earliest to avoid violations of one’s livelihood by providing compensation for the entire period until allowing the Street vending and also urged to direct the Police department to investigate on the collection of cash from the street vendors in the name of issuing Street Vendor’s ID Card.
The Right body also urged the Chief Minister to formulate proper Street Vendor Policy.