The activists of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI)staged a protest before Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) on Thursday and submitted a memorandum to the MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, demanding enforcement of the Street Vendors’ Protection Act, 2014.
Vendors who have been forcibly evicted from various places in the city, would be protected if the Act came into force,” said B Ravi, district secretary of SUCI.
Ravi said that the existing law on street vending passed during the second tenure of UPA government in 2014, genuinely protects the interest and rights of street vendors, and no authority has been granted permission to evict them forcefully without providing alternate measures, he said.
“It is unfortunate that MCC has evicted street vendors, sidelining the norms of SVP Act, 2014. As per the Act, a Town Vending Committee should be constituted in all the municipalities, and discussions held with the participation of vendors, before taking any actions,” he added.
“However, the MCC has never conducted any meeting or consulted street vendors before evicting them. The act of MCC, targeting poor vendors in various parts of city, including Hebbal residential area, has created enough speculations, as the authority clearly is misusing its power by compromising with private hotels in the vicinity,” alleged Ravi.
Ravi also said “We explained the SVP Act, 2014 and highlighted violation of norms by MCC in evicting street vendors. However, the MCC commissioner responded that the MCC’s main objective is to maintain hygiene.