LAKHIMPUR: The Lakhimpur district unit of the Street Vendors' Association of Assam (ASVA) has expressed strong reaction over the eviction drive conducted by the Dhakuakhana subdivisional administration and Dhakuakhana Municipal Board to remove the street vendors of Dhakuakhana town.
Notably, Dhakuakhana subdivisional administration evicted the street vendors carrying on their small-scale business covering the area from Dhakuakhana town Tiniali to main centre of the town on Wednesday. The eviction drive was conducted in the presence of Rahul Doley, the Circle Officer of Dhakuakhana Revenue Circle and Abhijat Borah, the Executive Officer of the Dhakuakhana Municipal Board along with other officials. Further, the evicted street vendors were warned not to initiate such illegal activities in future.
Expressing serious concern over the issue, ASVA Lakhimpur district unit president Chandan Chakraborty and general secretary Biku Borah in a press release said, "The street vendors cannot be evicted without initiating any substitute arrangements for their rehabilitation as per the provision of the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, 2014, which has been in force to protect the interest of the poor street vendors. The street vendors in Dhakuakhana were evicted by violating the Act."
Through the same press release, the organization demanded the Dhakuakhana subdivisional administration to secure the way of earning their bread and rehabilitate them in a privileged business-friendly place permanently in the town so that they could continue their business.