Urban Livelihood refers to the livelihood of urban population. there are more than five thousand towns and 27 big cities in India. Big cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata etc. have more than one million people living and working here. They say that ‘the city never sleeps’.
In a survey of Ahmedabad city it was found that 12% of all the workers in the city were people working on the street. They sell something or provide service.
Their shops are usually temporary structure. Sometimes just some boards or papers spread over discarded boxes. Police can ask them anytime to dismantle their shops. These hawkers are not allowed to enter in certain parts of the city.
Vendors families prepare the things at home to sell. There are almost one crore ‘street vendors’ in the country working in urban areas. The government is thinking to modify the law that banned street vendors.
Further Many people own small or big shops in the market. The shops are permanent. The municipal corporation has given them license to do business. The municipal corporation also decides on which day of the week the market has to remain closed.
In addition, there is a labor chowk in big cities. Where a large number of people sit and wait for work. They are daily wage workers who work as helpers or masons.
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