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Law, Liberty and Livelihood Project is aimed at documenting the livelihood regulations and entry level barriers governing the informal sectors in the 63 Indian cities identified for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and intends to shed light on legal hassles faced by the informal sector in India and to bring public attention towards it. The project commenced in June 2007 and was coordinated by a team of researchers from Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Cochin and was regularly monitored by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS). This project is funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai.

Student interns and representatives of local NGOs were identified in most of the cities to collect the relevant rules and regulations. Library resources of several academic institutions and law houses were also utilized in the process. Another innovative tool used for the collection of rules and bylaws from public offices was the filing of Right to Information Act applications. RTI applications were filed in 48 cities and the official replies were used to cross check the information gathered by the interns in these cities.

Professions under informal sector chosen for the study are divided into three major categories

Street vendors/hawkers Shops and establishments Transportation
Dhaba/fast-food shops
Vegetable vendors
Fruit sellers
Cloth sellers
Bangle sellers
Meat shops
Barber shops
Cycle Repair shops
Mini cab/taxi
Machine boat
Auto rickshaw
Cycle rickshaw

Cities Covered Under the Study:
Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Ajmer-Pushkar, Allahabad, Amritsar, Asansol, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Bodhgaya, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dhanbad, Dehradun, Delhi, Faridabad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jammu, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkota, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mathura, Meerut, Mumbai, Mysore, Nanded, Nagpur, Nainital, Nashik, Panaji, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Puri, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam. Except for Aizwal and Itanagar, documentation of rules and regulations has been successfully completed in all the other 61 cities. Interns did not get any official response from the concerned pubic offices in Aizwal and Itanagar. However, if the verbal statements of the officials in these cities were to be believed, there are no rules governing any of these professions in these cities. Thus the project successfully documented the regulatory procedures governing the informal sector in 61 cities.

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