Hawkers, vendors participate in nat’l meet

DARJEELING, Aug 20: A team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Hawkers and Street Vendors Federation, led by its general secretary Nabam Roger Hina, attended a ‘national consultation on street vendors, rules, schemes, labour laws & social security’ organised by the National Hawkers Federation (NHF) here in West Bengal from 19 to 20 August.
The two-day meeting, which concluded with the issuing of the Darjeeling Declaration, took stock of the situation prevailing in the country, particularly in the aftermath of the amendment to the UAPA and the RTI Act, and the passing of the wage code.
The participants reminded the central government of the commitment it had made in the Paris Declaration to contribute towards bringing down global warming, and demanded protection of the environment and discouraging the use of fossil fuel.
The forest dwellers’ rights should be protected and the Forest Rights Act should be implemented in letter and spirit, the participants said.
The NHF reiterated its commitment to seek “climate justice,” saying the farmers, hawkers and the poorer sections are the worst sufferers of climate change. It demanded that the government act now in this regard.
The Arunachal delegation is a signatory to the Darjeeling Declaration.