Hawker panel to protest against UPA’s FDI policy


The National Hawker Federation (NHF) has decided to stage country wide protest against UPA government’s decision on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in multi-brand retail trade, which according to it will affect the livelihood of more than four crore hawkers, street-vendors and retail-traders. 
The federation workers have decided to march to Parliament on December 20. 
At a three-day national working committee meeting held in Porvorim, the NHF leaders have also decided to protest against the Goa government’s decision of removing hawkers and vendors from along the beach belt. 
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday NHF general secretary Shaktiman Ghosh said that the union government decision to legitimize the entry of FDI in retail trade will affect the livelihood of 25 crore people, who are directly or indirectly dependent on hawkers, street-vendors and retail-traders. “We have called for a strike on February 21 and 22, 2013,” he said. 
The federation has also extended its support to the world-wide struggle of Wall-Mart workers, and has decided to hold nation-wide demonstration and rallies in their support on December 14. 
Meanwhile, the NHF has asked Goa government to implement Hawkers policy, framed in 2004 by April 2013, failing which a contempt petition would be filed in Supreme Court. 
Ghosh said that SC in an order had directed all state government’s to draft and implement hawkers policy before June 30, 2011. “However, only seven states drafted the policy while only Orissa government has implemented it,” he said.  [H]