Policy for hawkers in the offing

A Bill in this connection would be brought soon balancing both the hawkers and pedestrians rights, said KT Rama Rao.

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A hawkers policy for regulating street vendors in the State is in the final stages. A Bill in this connection would be brought soon balancing both the hawkers and pedestrians rights, said Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao.

Till now, 54,483 street vendors were surveyed and identity cards were given to 11,012 vendors. Efforts were on to cover the remaining hawkers at the earliest. Under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bhima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyothi Bhima Yojana, insurance cover was being provided to 6,076 street vendors while saving bank accounts opened for 8,875 vendors, KTR informed the Council on Friday.

As per the Telangana State Street Vending Scheme, red, amber and green zones were earmarked indicating no-vending, semi-vending and permitted areas. These zones would be marked with standardised designs in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the State, KTR said.

Ramchander Rao (BJP) said unlicensed hawkers were being harassed by the police. He wanted the government to rehabilitate them.

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