Arbind Singh, Coordinator of the Indian StreetNet affiliate, the National Alliance of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), reports that the Attorney General has given his opinion that the there can indeed be a national law on street vendors. The Housing and Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Secretary stated that the Attorney General had given this opinion during a full meeting of the National Advisory Council, chaired by Sonia Gandhi.
"We are delighted by this news! This is the first major milestone which we have crossed as previously the mandarins in the HUPA ministry were not agreeable to a National Law," Arbind Singh stated on 7th November. "Now that they have agreed, it is urgent and important for us to speed up our campaign to get the Bill prepared, introduced and enacted by Parliament," he added.
StreetNet is supporting NASVI's legal literacy campaign, which is also designed to support the enactment of the National Law.