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Distribute certificates: Incentivise street vendors with sales certificates for discipline: sales panelists | Kolkata News

Distribute certificates: Incentivise street vendors with sales certificates for discipline: sales panelists | Kolkata News
Distribute certificates: Incentivise street vendors with sales certificates for discipline: sales panelists | Kolkata News

Kolkata: Members of the Town Vending Committee stressed the need for distribution of Vending Certificates to those who carry on business as per the rules and also prevent the influx of new hawkers. Saktiman Ghosh, general secretary of the Hawker Sangram Committee and TVC member, said streamlining hawkers at some of the city’s major trading hubs such as Gariahat, New Market and Hatibagan will largely depend on identifying genuine hawkers and issuing certificates of sale to them. “Distributing sale certificates is a must to encourage hawkers to be disciplined. The exercise that had started a few years ago was abruptly stopped,” Ghosh said. This issue was raised by several other members of TVC and the message was passed on to the newly formed high-powered committee set up by CM Mamata Banerjee to find a solution to the Hawker standoff. According to Saktipada Mondal, a hawker union leader and member of the TVC, the tendency to grab sidewalks will continue unless certificates are issued to the bona fide hawkers. “If we want to provide citizens with relief from sidewalk encroachment and at the same time protect the livelihood of the hawkers, we will have to arm the existing hawkers with vending certificates, which is a recognition for them,” Mondal said. A source in the TVC said after a temporary survey of hawking hubs two years ago, they had agreed to give out certificates to hawkers who applied for the same and followed the rules. In the first phase, KMC had distributed 250 certificates. About 700 more such certificates are ready for distribution, a TVC member said. It had agreed to distribute the vending certificates following a call from hawkers whose names were considered for the certificates after the CM directed KMC to take steps to identify genuine hawkers. A member of the high-powered committee said the KMC would wait for the completion of the ongoing investigation and then a decision would be taken to start fresh distribution of certificates.

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