January 28, 2020 07:46 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

A research project titled, ‘The Street Vendors Act 2014: A Study of Implementation Gaps and Level of Awareness amongst Street Vendors in Ludhiana City’ is awarded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research under the IMPRESS scheme to three faculty members from Panjab University, namely, Dr. Ashish Saihjpal, Assistant Professor and Coordinator (MBA), University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, Dr. Meenu Saihjpal, Assistant Professor of Economics, from the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, and Mr. Shashi Kapoor, Assistant Professor, University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. A research grant of Rs. 6,00,000/- (Rupees Six Lacs only) has been granted under the project.

Speaking about the project, Dr Ashish Saihjpal said, “This project targets street vendors who migrate to urban India in search of a better livelihood. They have low educational attainment and minimal skill sets, and so, their vulnerability is high. Ludhiana being an industrial town provides a larger opportunity to such workforce for street vending. Therefore, it becomes imperative to investigate the gaps in the implementation of the Street Vendors Act, 2014 in Ludhiana and to find the factors that have led to its delay. The proposed study has the element of innovation as till date not much work has been done pertaining to street vendors in the city of Ludhiana”.

Dr Meenu Saihjpal said, “The project would benefit the government in a number of ways. Firstly, it would help in achieving the target of inclusiveness as street vendors represent the bottom line of growth and hence, if benefits are passed to them, then, these are more likely to give a major boost to development and create multiple linkages. Secondly, the interviews of the street vendors would bring out the problems faced by them, their degree of access to different government schemes and facilities and the concerns of the consumers and the suppliers etc. Such revelations could be incorporated not only in the policy related to street vendors but also in different other government schemes.”

Dr. Shashi Kapoor added, “Further, this research would lead to the identification of the vendors and enquire about their hygiene and toilet related requirements. So, a specified space could be allocated to the vendors who would, then, vacate the footpaths and would lead to the better traffic management in a congested city like Ludhiana. And also, upgrade the hygiene levels in the city. Street vendors provide ‘the ease of availability’ and also the ‘joy’ of traditional shopping. Thus, the street vendors reach out to those people and to those areas which remain untouched by the big retail outlets. Therefore, the proposed study would benefit the street vendors, government and the economy at large”.

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