The Town Vending Committee (TVC) will convene on Wednesday to finalise the list of hawkers for the election process.
TVC to finalise list of qualified candidates for Mumbai hawking zones.
Street vendors have submitted over 10,000 applications to the BMC, and the TVC will meet on Wednesday to finalise the list of qualified candidates for the next election procedure.
The TVC members will examine and confirm the applications during the meeting to ascertain whether vendors are qualified to take part in the election.
The election procedure will start as soon as the list of eligible applicants is finalised, giving chosen sellers the chance to reserve their space in the city’s designated hawking zones. For the benefit of both suppliers and the general public, the BMC is dedicated to making sure that vendors are chosen fairly and transparently.
TVC implemented Mumbai’s Hawker Policy to ensure compliance.
The government created the street vendor or hawker policy to protect the interests of all parties, including vendors, the public, and civic authorities.
The Town Vending Committee (TVC) is responsible for carrying out the city’s hawker policy, composed of representatives from the BMC, police, hawker association, and civic society.
The BMC began the process of choosing delegates from the hawker’s committee last year in accordance with the government’s directives. The committee members were chosen based on their qualifications, and an honest and open election process was used. The TVC has been asked to approve the list of hawkers who are qualified to take part in the election process.
The 2014 Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act seeks to uphold peace and order in the city while promoting the expansion of the informal sector and safeguarding the livelihoods of street sellers. The BMC is committed to enforcing the hawker policy in a fair and just manner.
Hawkers raise concerns over flawed surveys and ineligibility for allocated sites.
The Mumbai Hawkers’ Union and Azad Hawkers Union have expressed their disapproval of the BMC’s flawed survey, which resulted in a list of only 32,000 hawkers, despite an estimated 2.5-3 lakh working in the city.
Dayashankar Singh, president of the Azad Hawkers Union, expressed concerns about hawkers’ eligibility for allocated sites, which the BMC must investigate.
Mumbai’s management of street vendors
The BMC has taken steps to control hawkers in Mumbai, with 1,60,366 expelled and Rs2.24 million fines in 2022 and 2014 respectively.
The BMC is responsible for surveying street sellers and assigning areas to qualified hawkers in accordance with the Street sellers Act, 2014.
A fair and transparent hawker allocation method is needed to encourage the growth of the unorganised sector and preserve peace.