National Alliance of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)
In 1998, vendors and their organisations from fourteen cities of India, attended a workship in Ahmedabad on the legal status of vendors in india. Vendors from all parts of the country felt that there was increasing pressure on them from local authorities and the police. The root cause was unanimously felt to be lack of a clear policy on vendors and the need for a greater recognition of their immense contribution to the urban economy and the distribution of various essential goods and fresh produce.
It was then that vendors resolved to form their own National Alliance of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) with its secretariat in Patna, Bihar. NASVI has grown tremendously in the past year, with more than 250 vendor organisations and groups in virtually every state in India. Currently an eight-city study of vendors is underway. The study will highlight vendors issues, town planning and other laws pertaining to vendors and also best practices visa-vis vendors in each city.