The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 11
Municipal Corporation is charging late fee @ Rs. 10 per day for delay in payment of monthly licence fees from poor street vendors, even for the days while the Sampark Centers were lying closed while the second wave of Covid19 was at it’s peak.
Nitin Goyal, Chief Spokesman of Aam Aadmi Party has written a letter to KK Yadav, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation stating that while all sections of the society have been affected by the lockdown and curfew restrictions imposed by the administration, the hand-to-mouth people like daily wage earners and street vendors are suffering the most. The Vendors Cell of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation charges a licence fees from the street vendors on a monthly basis. This fee is required to be deposited by the street vendors at the Sampark Centers by the 10th day of each calendar month.
The letter further stated that most of the street vendors were out of business during the months of March, April and May when the second wave of Covid-19 reached it’s peak and a lot of restrictions were put in place including the lockdown, the night curfew and the weekend curfew. For this reason, a lot of vendors were not able to pay the monthly fee during these months. Also, the Sampark Centers were closed from 4th to 25th of May, hence no payments could be made during this period.
Goyal further stated that imposing a late fee on this vulnerable class in this situation is not only inhuman, but also illegal.
Vikram Pundhir, Organization Secretary of the Aam Aadmi Party reminded the Municipal Commissioner of the recent appeal made by the Governor of Punjab and UT administrator VP Badnore calling upon the landlords of small residential houses to voluntarily reduce the house rents for the lockdown period, in order to give relief to the tenants who have lost their income and also to prevent their migration. Pundhir stated that in the spirit of this appeal, the Municipal Corporation should also waive off the licence fee as well as late fee imposed on the street vendors for the months of March, April and May.