The street vending business

Economic Affairs Minister, Norbu Wangchuk, during the 21st Meet –the-Press session stated that there is a huge informal sector functioning within the formal economic sector, and that the government aims to promote both the sectors.

He said efforts are being put into place to encourage the informal sector through support provided to farmers who want to sell the dairy products, or the weavers who want to sell their woven goods and handicraft.

“Though the formal sector is much larger comparing to the informal sector, there has been imitative taken to protect and promote the informal sector,” Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said.

As for the government banning street food hawkers, the meeting was informed that a petition has been submitted to the Prime Minister, and now the cabinet committee has been ordered to examine the issue.

“The challenges we face with this issue is that they (food hawkers) sell porridge and dumplings late into the night, and the record that we are having from law and order, especially from the police force, is that this is provoking security and safety issues late into night.” Thimphu Thromde has raised concerns over health and sanitation challenges in the city as well.

Therefore, such concerns were taken into account when banning the street food hawkers from doing business.  In the meantime, the committee is looking for a solution to address the concerns of all parties involved.

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