2500 Street food vendors to be upskilled, to get e-cart license
New Delhi: In a pilot project, a total of 2500 street food vendors are going to be provided skill and e-cart license in a scheme by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). India is land to 55 Lakh Street Food Vendors.
The pilot project will be started with street vendors of East Delhi aged between 23 to 55 years. The scheme aims at improving the hygiene conditions in food preparation and aesthetics of vending leading towards better services to consumers, more opportunities for revenue generation, awareness on regulations and stipulated rules, in return providing better services to the local bodies.
Launching the initiative on Tuesday, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Ministry of Electronics and IT, said that the contribution of the 55 lakhs street food vendors to the informal economy is 14%.
“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 said.
MSDE, NSDC and THSSC will provide necessary knowledge and skills to the Street Food Vendors through this programme to increase productivity and enhance their livelihoods.