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National Policy for Urban Street Vendors and Its Impact

Most of the cities in India have a large number of urban vendors. These vendors do not have any alternate means of survival. In 2004, the government formulated the National Policy for Urban Street Vendors to address the concerns of vendors who are constantly harassed by the police and local administrators. However, the policy is yet to be implemented and there has been little change in the vendors' status. This article discusses various reasons for the current situation though the 2004 policy is well directed in its intent.

In a strict sense, vendors are those who stick to a place and sell while hawkers are those who move from one place to another for selling. Hawkers are also called peddlers or packmen.

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