Dimapur, November 15: The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) observed International Street Vendors Day on November 14 at Kohima.
As part of the observance the NVCO has interacted with street vendors especially the one who were coming and bringing organic vegetables and other items from Peren Distric t(Jalukie), villagers from Tseminyu, etc sells at Wednesday market, Chandmari, Kohima and others places.
The NVCO learnt from the street vendors that they sell at a higher price because of paying more on transportation charges due to hike on fuel and finally the so called consumers/buyers are the victim.
President of NVCO Kezhokhoto Savi, Advocate in his speech said that the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 is a new Act to create a conducive atmosphere for street vendors to do their business in dignity and provide livelihood protection to street vendors across the country.
He also highlighted the salient features of the Act in brief. Earlier the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) appealed the state government to implement this Act in the state so as the former Governor of Nagaland had also asked the state government to implement the Street Vendors Act in the state at the earliest.
Stating that the state government has come up with the Nagaland Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Scheme and Rules 2019, Savi appealed to the State Government to effectively implement the Act.
On the occasion of International Street Vendors Day, a Street Awareness Campaign was carried out by North East Network (NEN) Nagaland, in collaboration with Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) Nagaland. The campaign focussed on sensitizing the Street vendors on Nagaland Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Rules 2019, their rights and obligations, and
highlight the significant contribution of women Street vendors to their families and society at large.
At Kohima, NEN Nagaland team reached out to street vendors at High School Colony, Razhu Point and BOC area. At Dimapur, the District Executive Committee of Dimapur SEWA reached out to street vendors in New Market, Purana Bazaar, Super Market and Rangapahar. An information booth was set up at Dimapur, to provide relevant information on SEWA, it’s work with street vendors, and Nagaland Street Vendors Rules 2019 to SEWA members and the public.
The International Street Vendors Day is annually celebrated on the 14th November. The day is celebrated across the world to raise awareness on the significant challenges that street vendors faced, and call for recognition of the contribution made by street vendors to local and national development. (Page News Service)