Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice to Chandigarh Administration, Home Secretary, DC Chandigarh and MC Chandigarh, in a PIL filed by Pravasi Bhalai Sanghthan. This organisation has considerable number of inter-state migrant labourers and vendors as its members. The case came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising of Justice S S Saron and Justice Gurmit Ram. The petitioner-NGO has stated in petition that in pursuance to the directions issued by Supreme Court of India on September 9, 2013, the Parliament enacted “Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vendors Act, 2014.” UT Chandigarh Administration framed regulations under the said statute which was notified in July 2015. These regulations envisage setting up committees of vendors (which have to include representatives of street vendors also), who have to issue licences to such vendors. Machinery is also envisaged under this for deciding complaints or grievances of vendors. The grievance expressed by petitioner is that the UT Chandigarh Administration has not set up Vendors Committees so far, as a result licences have not been issued to vendors so far. The petitioner has leveled allegations that certain elements within respondents are exploiting the vendors and seizing their goods and arbitrarily imposing fines on vendors. A list of considerable number of such vendors, whose goods have been seized recently, has also been attached with PIL. The petitioner-NGO has prayed for issuance of directions to respondents to complete the procedural formalities for setting up vendors committees, and to issue licences to existing vendors immediately and protect them from exploitation at the hands of vested interests within the respondents. The petitioner has also prayed that the respondents be directed to refund all fines collected so far from vendors after the notification of 2015 regulations. Now the case will come up for hearing on June 14.
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