Govt contemplates to set up vending points for hawkers

SHILLONG, June 23: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma on Saturday informed that the state government is contemplating on the idea of setting up vending points for hawkers in areas which will be mutually beneficial to the vendors as well as the public.

Conrad was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of the second anniversary celebration of the Meghalaya and Greater Shillong Progressive Hawkers and Street Vendors’ Association.

During his speech the Chief Minister urged upon all stakeholders to work together with sincerity and commitment towards finding an amicable and lasting solution.

He also said that the government is committed to the welfare of each and every citizen of the State.

Acknowledging the contribution of the hawkers and street vendors to the basic economy of the state the chief minister said that the government is aware of the problems and issues being faced by them.

“We are committed to the welfare of the hawkers so that they can also move forward in life”, the chief minister said.

The Chief Minister stressed on the need for a balanced approach to tackle the challenges and difficulties in order to arrive at a solution acceptable to all.

“The government is with you and we want to work with you but it is not easy for us to do everything the way we want to do, we have to work within a certain frame work and in a systematic manner”, the Chief Minister told the gathering.

Meanwhile, in the main business session, the Hawkers’ Union passed a resolution to intervene in the ongoing Punjabi Line/Sweepers’ Line in Them Iew Mawlong and submit a detailed proposal for a solution which is just and humane for all stakeholders including punjabi residents and hawkers.

The Hawkers discussed a detailed architectural plan of redevelopment of the area. Accounts of the Union were also presented to the members.

The second Birthday celebrations ended with Talent contest, in which various Hawkers and their children enthusiasitacally participated.

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