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The game of hawkers

Friday, 1 August 2014 - 7:03pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

With the BMC regularising the licenses of the hawkers, dna asks Westcoast residents about their expectations

"I feel this is a good step towards handling the hawkers issue as this will give a clarity on the number of legal hawkers in the city. There are many hawkers in the city and if they are allotted a fixed place to do their business, it will spare the citizens of space crunch. The security quotient will improve as the hawkers will be listed with all their details. I think that the licenses given to food hawkers should be checked thoroughly. This is vital for the health of the people who consume food from them. It will be better for the hawkers too as they won't end up paying haftas to the corrupt cops."
—Janam Shah, event manager, 23, Malad

"It might actually work and will be of great help for the hawkers as their livelihood depends on this. But I am still not clear as to how their allotment will be done. Will they be allotted the same place where they used to conduct their business? Personally, I have never been inconvenienced by them, so I don't think it will be a problem for me. I think it's going to be a good move as the hawkers won't have to pay haftas but will have to pay proper taxes to the government. However, I did read that some people were pitching the idea that preferences should be given to the sons of the soil. I feel this should not be considered, as everyone has the right to a livelihood."
—Rajesh Ravi, musician, 25, Andheri

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