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Delhi Congress today protested against "harassment" of street vendors and hawkers by the AAP government, civic bodies and the police, and demanded implementation of Street Vendors Act, 2014. Some street vendors also took part in the demonstrations that were held at the offices of three municipal corporations and headquarters of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) by Delhi Rehri-Patri Congress. City Congress president Ajay Maken, who attended the demonstrations at Civil Lines, Green Park, Rajouri Garden and other places, accused the Delhi government and various agencies, including the police and BJP-ruled MCDs, of "harassing" street vendors and "illegally" evicting them. "Due to the harassment by the Aam Aadmi Party government, Delhi Police, three BJP-ruled municipal corporations and the NDMC, over five lakh street vendors are finding it extremely difficult to carry out their trade in the city.
They are being harassed and illegally evicted," Maken said. According to Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending ) Act, 2014, rules had to be framed within six months for the settlement of the street vendors, and within one year, a scheme was to be prepared for its implementation, he said. "But despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government being in power in Delhi for over 18 months now, it has not fully implemented the Act although it came to power with the support and votes of poor people like the street vendors," Maken said.
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