Welcoming today’s Delhi High Court Order in the matter of Street Vendors, Congress President and Former Union Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Shri Ajay Maken, lambasted the Kejriwal Government for failing to implement the Street Vendors Act in Delhi.
Vide Order dated 05.10.2016 (today), the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has extended its previous Order dated 09.09.2016 (passed in a PIL filed by Shri Maken) protecting the Street Vendors from atrocities of Police and Municipal Authorities.
Relying on the observations made by the Delhi High Court in today’s Order, Shri Maken said that it is not just the poor vendors but, now also the High Court has made it clear that the Kejriwal Government has failed to take the necessary steps for the betterment of Vendors/ Hawkers in Delhi.
Referring to directions ‘no. 4’ given by the Delhi High Court in Para 30 of todays Order, Shri Maken demanded that Chief Minister shall explain to the poor vendors as to why his Government has failed to implement such a progressive law. Shri Maken wondered if it was on account of paucity of time, since Shri Kejriwal has been keeping busy in doing politics in Punjab, Goa etc.
Terming the directions of the High Court as a victory of the helpless vendors, Shri Maken encouraged them to carry on street vending, fearlessly and peacefully. As per directions of the Hon’ble Court, no vendor can be evicted or harassed unlawfully, reminded Shri Maken.
Further, Shri Maken also underlined that under the previous schemes formulated by the NDMC and the Municipal Corporations, no zone were marked as ‘no vending zones’, therefore, direction ‘no. 1’ mentioned in Para 30 of the Order dated 05.10.2016, will be a dead letter and the authorities (Police & Municipal Authorites) have no option but to let the Street Vendors earn their livelihood without any forceful eviction, till the time a survey is conducted by the Kejriwal Government.
Shri Maken made a strong pitch for the implementation of the UPA enacted Street Vendors Act in the National Capital, as the same will go a long way in regulating and empowering the poor vendors.
On 09.09.2016, Shri Maken had approached the Delhi High Court against the ongoing atrocities against the Street Vendors. Taking cognizance of the matter, the Delhi High Court was pleased to direct all authorities to not evict or harass any vendor, till completion of the survey of existing vendors.
Copy of the Delhi High Court Order dated 05.10.2016 in Shri Ajay Maken’s Petition (Ajay Maken Vs. Commissioner of Police & Ors.) is attached herewith.
For more information please contact Mr. Aman Panwar, Advocate (in-charge, DPCC, Legal Department) +91 9899001070