Voices for railway vendors get shriller

National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) shot off a letter to Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumal Bansal on Wednesday demanding the protection of livelihood and welfare of vendors who have their businesses at railway platforms and on railway land.

They have asked the scheme to be brought in the railway budget to be presented this month.

The association also demanded that all commissioned railway vendors, their helpers and mobile unorganised vendors be treated as legalised railway vendors and at par with the status of licensed porters who are entitled to identity card, health and rail travel facilities.

“The National Policy for Street Vendors framed in 2004  says that the vendors are entitled to earn their livelihood on public places, but the rules, notifications and orders of railway authorities debar vendors to use railway land and spaces,” NASVI national coordinator Arbind Singh said.

The members said that it is important that the railway budget roll out a proper scheme for thousands of vendors earning their livelihood on railway lands.

“Division and zone level vending committee should be set up comprising of railway vendor representatives, commercial, traffic and health department officials and senior railway protection force (RPF) officials to take vending and catering related decisions,” said Singh.

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