EMPOWERMENT OF INFORMAL WORKERS

Empowerment of Informal Workers

A. Street Vendors

Street vendors constitute an integral part of our urban economy. Street vending is not only a source of self-employment to the poor in cities and towns but also a means to provide ‘affordable’ as well as ‘convenient’ services to a majority of the urban population. However, under the pretext of cleaning up the city and removing illegal establishments the state machinery often harasses them.

The Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vendors Act clearly states that its purpose is “to protect the rights of urban street vendors and to regulate street vending activities”. YUVA with its network partners has worked in many states and at the national level to ensure implementation of the Act.

  • YUVA mobilised the participation of around 15,000 street vendors participated in the National Hawkers Federation National Meeting for implementation of Street Vendors Act at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
  • In Ranchi, Jharkhand, YUVA along with our partners advocated for reservation of 2.5% of land for street vendors in Ranchi when the Master Plan was being drafted. Additionally, meetings were held and a letter was submitted to the Government of Jharkhand demanding the inclusion of the hawkers in the making of the smart city plans for Ranchi.
  • YUVA’s street vendor work extends to Odisha, West Bengal, New Delhi and Maharashtra.

 

B. Domestic Workers

In Maharashtra, YUVA works towards strengthening domestic workers’ solidarity by organising various training and capacity building programs.

For many years, YUVA is supporting the collective moblisation of domestic workers, who have formulated a charger of demands including these demands:

  • The Central Government should create comprehensive Legislation to protect the rights of domestic workers.
  • That the Maharashtra government should amend its Domestic Workers Welfare Board Act of 2008.

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