SME Times News Bureau | 30 Nov, 2021
a quest to formalize the unorganised sector and upskill the street food
vendors, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)
today announced to skill the street vendors of East Delhiand make
themeligible for e-cart licenses, improving the hygiene conditionsin
food preparation andaesthetics of vending.
The initiative will be
implemented under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0.
The objective of this
programmeis to provide relevantskills to the Street Food Vendors,
leading towards better services to consumers, more opportunities to
vendors for revenue generation, awareness on regulations and stipulated
rules, in return providingbetter services to the local bodies. In its
pilot phase with East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), Skill India
aims at upskilling 2,500 vendors, aged between 23 to 55 years.
the initiative, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry
of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Ministry of Electronics
and IT, said that India is land to 55 Lakh Street Food Vendors, their
contribution to the informal economy is 14% which is not a small number
and highlights the important role played by them in India’s economy.
Before the able leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the
upliftment of our Street Food Vendors lacked attention and focus.
However, with his vision, as we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, to
celebrate India’s rich heritage, this is the first time, schemes like
SVANidhi and RPL training for Street Food Vendors have been introduced,
especially after the COVID-19, where retail and street vending segments
were hugely impacted, he added.
The Minister highlighted that the
conduct and well-being of Street Food Vendors define how their
respective cities are perceived, therefore, their upskilling is an
imperative. He further said that Government is committed towards the
welfare of Street Vendors.
his views on the initiative, Shri Shyam Sundar Agarwal, Mayor, East
Delhi thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his vision of
empowering India’s workforce with skills.
His focus on improving the
conditions of Street Food Vendors will surely help them lift their
working and living conditions, he added. Shri Agarwal further said that
by upskilling the vendors and providing them with loans for accessing
e-cart licenses under this initiative, we will ensure that no vendor is
left job less.
Further, this initiative will also provide social
security and safety to 4,000 vendors of East Delhi and 25 lakh street
vendors, nationally, he added.
project will be implemented by the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill
Council (THSSC) and training partners of NSDC. The two training
partners recommended by THSSC areLearnet Institute of Skills and Tata
STRIVE. Under the initiative, the Street Food Vendors will be educated
on health and safety standards, safety provisions under COVID-19
protocols, effective communication techniques withstaff and customers,
new-age skills such as digital literacy, financial literacy, digital
payments and e-selling.
The vendors will also be supported withloans
under the Mudra Scheme.
NSDC and THSSC will provide necessary knowledge and skillsto the Street
Food Vendors throughthis programme to increase productivity and enhance
The inaugural batches will take place at EDMC
Headquarters and the remaining beneficiaries will be trained in their
respective wards/zones in a decentralized mode.
EDMC will identify
schools and community halls to conduct this four-day training programme.