National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

NASVI, street venders, India

Beginning as a Network in 1998, The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) was registered in 2003 under the Societies registration Act of 1860. It brings together street vendor organizations under a single platform to collectively struggle for macro-level changes that are crucial for the livelihood of around 10 million vendors who are threatened by outdated laws and changing policies, practices and the attitudes of those in power.

NASVI has more than 540  member organizations involving over 3.5 lakh individuals. It is a coalition of trade unions, community based organizations (CBOs),non-government organizations (NGOs) and professionals. NASVI has been successful in bringing issues concerning street vendors to the forefront and has been working closely with state and municipal bodies to push for the proper implementation of the national policies on street vendors.

NASVI intervention is aimed at:

  • ensuring livelihood and social security of street vendors through policy interventions and changes in political- legal environment
  • building capacity of street vendor organizations
  • evidence gathering and dissemination of evidences and issues concerning street vendors
  • undertaking schemes and programs enabling vendors to get access to financial services, such as Credit & Thrift Cooperatives, Self Help Groups, formal banking institutions and insurance companies

NASVI efforts have resulted into:

  • a National Policy for Urban Street Vendors in 2004 that was revised in 2009
  • renewed focus on need to enact a law for street vendors. Many meetings have been organized in this regard and inputs from lawyers were also gathered in meeting held with representatives from Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
  • engagement in the process of preparing a law for street vendors and preparation of a draft law with the help of lawyers. The Union Cabinet discussed it and set up a group of ministers headed by the Home Minster to finalize the Law
  • extension by the Ministry of Labour and Employment extending the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna to registered street vendors of the country
  • engagement of NASVI by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in its consultations, initiatives and processes
  • agreement in  principle by the Delhi government  to enact law for street vendors by 30 June 2011
  • formulation by many state governments of state policy for street vendor
  • the launch of National Alliance for Social Security of the unorganized
  • the launch of a National forum of Lawyers for supporting street vendors in their legal battles, facilitate their litigation and regular sharing of relevant information pertaining to law, policies and court orders for their effective use in the courts

In 2012, NASVI received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation in Oxford, England.


NASVI produces regular newsletters. Links to these newsletters are here and here.


Video about NASVI


Contact: Mr. Arbind Singh, Coordinator
+ 91 011 -22543615+ 91 011 -22543615 
+ 91 011 -43108424+ 91 011 -43108424 
Skype: nasviindia
Address: E-170 (Ground Floor)
Preet Vihar
Delhi - 110092

For more information, please also see links to news articles about NASVI.