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Establishing Oversight for India’s Street Vendors Act


India’s Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act of 2014 was created to regulate street-vending activities and to protect the rights of the vendors. The Act calls for the creation of free vending zones and Town Vending Committees for each locality. While the Act is still in the implementation phase, there are signs that progress toward change has been slow and uneven, requiring refocusing of legislation to apply pressure in areas where changes are not being implemented.

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