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Key Findings of Livelihood Project
  • Though there is a NATIONAL POLICY FOR URBAN STREET VENDORS existing in India, no state is implementing the policy. None of the RTI (Right to Information) replies have mentioned about the implementation of this policy.

  • Officials in the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar are not clear on the provisions of RTI; moreover, they are reluctant to provide information. Even basic information, is tried not to be disclosed.

  • In Punjab, NOC from Fire Brigade is to be obtained as per the provisions of ISI-2190. Building plan must be submitted and the premises will be verified physically as per the guidelines of ISI and National Building Code. 15 officers are employed for this physical verification and after issuing the N.O.C, the premise will be checked by the department, once in a year. But from the field study, it is found from the verbal interaction of the interns that that neither of the officers have the copy of this guidelines in hand and it seems that they had obtained the copy of the guidelines from the fire department of some other city . So the authenticity of the knowledge base of the verification is forced to be questioned.

  • The rickshaw puller in Punjab is required to submit the application form with two photographs attested by the Councilor/M.L.A/gazzeted officer and after getting medical fitness certificate from an M.B.B.S. doctor. This can give room for corruption and the rickshaw pullers can be exploited by the councilors and other officers. Regarding the penalty for the cycle rickshaw pullers, if a cycle rickshaw is caught without a valid license then the rickshaw will be put in the store room and released only after getting the clearance from the department and depositing the settled fee.

  • Establishments handling food related items in Chennai have to produce a quality report on drinking water from a recognized institute and fitness certificate of the cook.

  • In Jammu, to get a trade license one must be a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir and only one- reharie licence shall be given to each applicant. The reharies shall furnish an undertaking to abide by the terms and conditions governing to reharie licence. The Jammu Municipal reserves the right to limit the number of reharie or modify or alternate "no reharie zones” in public interest. The reharie operator shall be responsible for carrying a garbage bin with the reharie for collection of waste generated from the reharies and dispose off the same at the Municipal collection point. Any breach/ violation shall call for a penalty.

  • In Guwahati, the commissioner may refund the fees of license if he feels that the trade has not been exercised for more than consecutive six months. The commissioner may exempt any person in taking a license when the person is unable to pay the license fees or he can declare that particular person to be entitled to take out a license under a lower class than he is entitled to take the license. The act also sets provisions for the commissioner to grant a license for a person even for a previous year in which no license has been taken out on the payment of the fees which would have been payable thereof in the first instance. But if a person has been prosecuted by the police, this provision cannot be used in defense for the prosecution.

  • In Kochi, city permits for auto rickshaws were controlled stating that there is excess of auto rickshaws which creates traffic problems. But later the authorities were forced to introduce the permits again as there was shortage of auto rickshaws for public conveyance. The authorities used to sell forms even when licenses are not issued.

  • In Mumbai and Ahmedabad and in some other cities hawking and non hawking zones are in existence.

  • In Agra for getting a cycle rickshaw license, the applicant must get his medical check up done by the city medical officer and get a health certificate. Thereafter, he must submit an application with his passport size photograph asking for license and consent for plying a rickshaw in Agra .The rickshaw is allowed to ply only in the territory region of Agra. It must not be used for goods transport. The rickshaw puller can ply it at any time. Special relaxation at night is given to those rickshaws that ply near railway or bus stations at night.

  • Nationally, there is no proper time prescribed in law for issue of a licens. No penalty nor any measure is prescribed if the authorities are not issuing the license in time. Proper revision of fees is also not taking place.

  • In some cities only the owner of a rickshaw can get a rickshaw license and Municipal Corporation will not issue license to more than one rickshaw whereas in some cities owner’s license and driver’s / pullers license are issued.

  • Most of the corporation websites are not properly updated with procedures needed for the study.
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