Imphal: Joint Action Committee of Street vendors has demanded the authority concerned to identify the genuine street vendors who have been selling items in Imphal city and allot their vending plots in Temporary market.
JAC Secretary Sh Rajendro Meetei while briefing reporters in a press meet held at Manipur Press Club on Wednesday said following an order issued by Commissioner MAHUD M Joy Singh on October 15 informing that no street vendors and other unauthorised persons would be allowed to squat or carry on business in public places, roads, streets and other open spaces in and around Khwairamband Keithel with immediate effect, police forced all the street vendors to vend at the Temporary market.
However, on the next day, the vending plots at the Temporary market were found occupied by new faces. Despite police action to wipe out the street vendors, street vendors are selling at the available open spaces in and around Khwairamband keithel for survival, he said.
He appealed to the government to allow the street vendors to carry on their business till the Ningol Chakouba is over.
On the controversy among the street vendors on vending plot issue, he said that genuine street vendors can be sorted out once the IMC Authority, MAHUD Commissioner and the old street vendors sit together and discuss the matter.
He said that the individuals who are vending at the Temporary market are almost fake street vendors. Allotment of plots at Temporary market is like that incident in which the government provided loans to the fake street vendors without proper screening, he contended.
The previous Congress regime left the street vendors issue unresolved. We expected the new BJP government would settle the issue by allotting vending plots to the old genuine street vendors. What the government is doing has contradicted the aspiration of the old street vendors, he maintained.