Bill to make registration compulsory for hawkers in Maha
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 19:43
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government plans to make registration compulsory for hawkers and make them liable for imprisonment if they are found selling goods in non-hawking zones.

A bill in this regard would come up for discussion in the Legislative Council during the ongoing monsoon session of the state Legislature.

"It is compulsory for hawkers to register with the local bodies and necessary for the Government to define hawking and non-hawking zones," the bill said.

The bill has given comprehensive definitions for 'hawkers', 'mobile hawkers' and 'stationary hawkers' to distinguish them from each other.

"Hawkers may have to face imprisonment up to six months and a fine up to Rs 5,000 for hawking in wrong areas and breaking any rules laid by the policy," it said.

The original policy was formulated by the Centre and sent to the state for implementation. The state government constituted a committee under the principal secretary, Urban Development, to suggest necessary measures in the policy, an official from the Urban Development Department said.

There are 15 lakh licensed hawkers in Mumbai, while five lakh do not have any permit, he said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 19:43

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