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HyderabadGHMC plans to create better livelihood for street vendors

GHMC plans to create better livelihood for street vendors

Published: 9th Dec 2021 12:54 am

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has intensified its efforts to help street vendors in the city.

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After disbursing Rs 10,000 each to 40,237 street vendors under the PM’s Street Vendor Atma Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme, the civic body has now started disbursing the second installment of loans and the loan amount being sanctioned this time has been doubled.
 
Out of the Rs 50.11 crore grant under PM SVANidhi Scheme, Rs 46.23 crore has already been distributed to 40,237 street vendors and the ones who have repaid the loan on time are being sanctioned Rs 20,000 under the second trench.

As per norms, any person engaged in vending of food items including fruits, vegetables, street food, tea, goods, merchandise of daily use, etc., on footpaths is eligible to avail of the loan.

Besides loan distribution, a series of activities have been taken up by the Urban Community Development wing of the GHMC in an attempt to create a better livelihood for street vendors. Currently, the major activity underway is setting up camps for street vendors in different parts of the city to extend the benefits granted by the State and Union governments.

State government officials from Labour, Employment Training and Factories, Department of Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Civil Supplies Corporation Limited and bankers have been brought under one roof at these camps. On Monday, at a camp organised at the GHMC Serilingampally Circle office, many vendors were being enrolled online. Besides enrolling them for the second trench of loans, civic body officials also explained to them the grants and benefits they can avail through a different line of departments. All the camps are also being geotagged and the programme is being successfully implemented across the city, an official said.

In the GHMC limits to date, 1,62,105 street vendors were identified and ID cards were issued to 1,54,945 persons. They are also being trained on the use of digital transactions through online payment platforms like Google Pay, Amazon Pay, PhonePe and Paytm. Forming 30 street vendor committees and 584 common interest groups are the other activities taken up by the civic body for vendors.


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