Gujarat High Court orders vegetable market for tribal vendors

The Gujarat High Court has ordered the nagarpalika authorities of a town in Tapi district to construct a vegetable market with all necessary amenities by September this year so that local tribals selling vegetables have a place to do business.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice J B Pardiwala passed the order on a public interest litigation filed by a tribal woman, Jashu Gamit, who is secretary of Shakbhaji Vechta Adivasi Adhikar Samiti (retail vegetable vendors tribal rights committee) in Songadh town of Tapi district. Gamit had argued that there was no vegetable market in Songadh and therefore tribal vegetable vendors had to carry out business from footpaths or road sides. […]

The High Court observed it was in larger public interest that a suitable market is set up in Songadh town where poor tribals could sell the vegetables so as to cater the needs of the people, Iyer said.

The market must be well built with shed and roof and all basic amenities like water supply, electricity, drainage, toilets should be provided, the High Court ordered, adding that till it is done, authorities must not harass or remove vegetable vendors from their existing places.

Source: HC orders vegetable market for tribal vendors – Indian Express
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