Licence to street vendors/hawkers

Housing and Urban Affairs

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1201 TO BE ANSWERED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 LICENCE TO STREET VENDORS/HAWKERS NO. 1201: DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:- a) whether Government has taken any step to identify, recognise and register street vendors/hawkers in the country; b) whether Government has made any plan to provide vending license and space to all vendors; c) whether Government has any scheme or programme in place to provide social security to all street vendors/hawkers in the country; d) if so, the details thereof; and e) if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) OF THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS (SHRI HARDEEP SINGH PURI) (a)&(b): The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, implemented by respective States/Union Territories by framing their respective Rules, Schemes and Bye-laws. Itprovides for survey of street vendors,issue of certificate of vending, preparation of plan of street vending and constitution of town vending committees.As per provision of the Act, the Town Vending Committee shall, within such period and in such manner as may be specified in the scheme, conduct a survey of all existing street vendors, within the area under its jurisdiction, and subsequent survey shall be carried out at least once in every five years. The Act also provides that all street vendors identified in the survey shall be provided with the Certificate of Vending. Further, under the Support to Urban Street Vendors component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission, support is provided to the urban local bodies for conduct of survey for identification of street vendors and issuing them the Certificate of Vending. ...2/- -2- As informed by the States/UTs, the number of street vendors identified so far is 18,25,776 and Certificate of Vending have been issued to 4,94,920 urban street vendors. (c) to (e): The Street Vendors Act, 2014 provides that the appropriate Government may undertake promotional measures of making available credit, insurance and other welfare schemes of social security for the street vendors. The Act is implemented by the States/UTs in their respective jurisdictions. Further, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has, on June 01, 2020, launched Prime Minister Street Vendor’s Amta Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme (PM SVANidhi) as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Abhiyan. It aims at facilitating collateral free working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors across the country. It also provides for incentives in the form of interest subsidy @ 7% per annum on regular repayment of loan and cash-back upto Rs. 100 per month on undertaking prescribed digital transactions. Further, on timely or early repayment, the vendors will be eligible for the next cycle of working capital loan with an enhanced limit. For the purpose of scheme administration, an end-to-end solution through an IT platform has been developed in collaboration with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). The loan processing under the Scheme has commenced on July 02, 2020.