The Street Vendors Act (SVA), 2014 defines stationary and mobile vendors. It does not mention weekly vendors. Not much literature about weekly vendors is available. Often the discourse on street vending is about stationary vendors, and sometimes about mobile vendors. We do not know how many weekly vendors are out there and how many of them are surveyed or registered. Many of them vend at different locations on a rotational basis, and so their enumeration poses a challenge. This compendium identifies the stakeholders competing with weekly vendors for public space, questions the notions of a Certificate of Vending (CoV), looks at the exclusionary policies related to weekly vendors, highlights the patchy attempts at formalisation, flags inconsistent implementation of the law and analyses the judiciary’s attitude towards these vendors.
Some key findings include:
First, weekly vendors are peculiar in terms of rotational vending locations and so their enumeration and formalisation must take that into account. Ambiguity in terms of recording vending spots on CoV will further favor the public officials and work against the vendors.
Second, the conditions for issuance of a CoV are unnecessary, impractical and unenforceable. Perhaps, the government knows that well and hence it is not even attempting to enforce these conditions. Still, it is best to do away with these conditions.
Third, there is no procedure either in the law or the Delhi Scheme to identify and declare a heritage market and natural market. GNCTD should amend the scheme to insert suitable provisions.
What facilities will be available to me?
You will receive access to our extensive library and network of scholars.
Does CCS provide accommodation for outstation applicants?
The scholars are requested to make their own living arrangements in New Delhi for the training period.
Will I be working in a group or individually?
All scholars will work in groups of 3-4 members. Peer learning is a crucial part of the training program.
Is CCS flexible with the timeline of the program?
While April and May are self paced and flexible, June and July are full-time in Delhi. We are unable to offer flexibility during those two months. August would focus on wrapping up the capstone project; it would be remote and part-time.