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Ukhrul women vendors decry non-allotment of stalls

UKHRUL | Nov 30

The newly constructed women market complex at Phungreitang, Ukhrul was inaugurated by chief minister, N. Biren Singh on April 24; however, seven months after inauguration, the women vendors are yet to get allocation of spaces or stalls at the said complex.

The women vendors are all set to move into the newly completed women market complex on December 10, unless the authority concerned comes out with a definite solution.

Chairperson of Zaoranao Sinshim Women Vendors Association, Ukhrul, Mayirnao informed that the chief minister during his visit to Ukhrul in 2017 had promised to construct the women market complex knowing the hardships faced by the women vendors of Ukhrul. Accordingly, the old shed was dismantled to pave way for construction of women market complex and was inaugurated in 24 April 2018 during the Shirui Lily Festival, she added.

She continued that the women vendors are yet to be allotted spaces or stalls in the said complex and this has caused lots of hardship and inconvenience. They have been compelled to sell vegetables and other items temporary in the open street. She further said it has been 18 years since she took up this profession and is supporting her eight children and three of her children have quit studying after passing matriculation.

Secretary of Zaoranao Sinshim Women Vendors Association, Ukhrul, Philachon Awungshi informed that they are running their day to day business in the open street. The members of the association have taken loan from private financers and are facing problems to repay the daily interest as they could not conduct their daily business smoothly due to non-allotment of permanent market place, she added.  Sometimes, they are compelled to go from door to door to sell their products in order to support their family, she further said. She also mentioned that she has been in to this profession since 2002 and presently she is selling her products at the side of a shop with permission from the shop owner. She also added that there are around 200 women vendors registered in the association and are selling vegetables and other items at different locations of Ukhrul town.

“Christmas time is crowded and we are not allowed to sell our vegetables in the street by Ukhrul police,” said Philachon.

The association has appealed the authority concerned to give allotment at the newly completed women market complex at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Onmila added that deserving women vendors should be given allotment on priority and there should be no quota system. She informed that the women vendors have been knocking every door of the authority concerned but no one seems to have absolute power to allot the spaces or stalls in the newly completed women market complex. “We are at lost in addressing our grievances,” lamented Onmila.

~IFP



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