New Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Housing and Urban Affairs interacted with Urban Development Ministers, Chief Secretaries, UD Secretaries/Principal Secretaries, DGPs, Collectors / SPs / SSPs / Municipal Commissioners / Chief Executive Officers of 125 cities in the context of Prime Minister Street Vendors AtmaNirbharNidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme which has been launched to provide credit for working capital to street vendors to resume their business. While the Scheme provides the credit facility to the vendors, there is a requirement to ensure that they are able to do business in a harassment-free environment. Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA was also present in the meeting.
On the occasion, the Minister launched a Mobile App for ULB functionaries. This App aims to provide a user-friendly digital interface for the functionaries of ULBs to source loan applications of street vendors.
The Minister received feedback from the states/UTs. He urged the Ministers of Urban Development and senior officials to hold meetings with key stakeholders towards the successful implementation of PM SVANidhi and also to ensure the protection of livelihood of street vendors.
During the interaction with the Urban Development Ministers, it was decided that Ministry will conduct complete socio-economic profiling of the scheme beneficiaries with an aim to facilitate their actions in other government welfare schemes e.g. PMAY (Urban), Aayushman Bharat, Ujjawala, Jan Dhan Yojana, Saubhagya, DAY-NULM, etc. During his interaction, Hardeep Puri said that “States are encouraged to dovetail other schemes for the economic upliftment of vendors e.g. Mudra/DAY-NULM credit for the purchase of modern pushcarts in place of traditional thelas. With regard to undue harassment of the street vendors by police/municipal officials, action should be initiated against the erring officials by fixing responsibility. Further, to help beneficiaries raise their grievances in a conducive environment, a forum chaired by District Collector and having representation of police/ULB and other relevant departments should be constituted. The Forum so constituted should meet at least once in a month.”
Observing that PM SVANidhi is not only a micro-finance scheme, the Housing Minister stated that it has a more ambitious objective to formalize the street vendors into the urban economy and to provide a complete poverty alleviation package by facilitating their access to various other government schemes. It was decided that further meetings will be conducted with the lending institutions in coordination with DFS.
PM SVANidhi was launched by the Ministry on June 01, 2020, for providing affordable Working Capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to Covid-19 lockdown. This scheme targets to benefit over 50 lakh Street Vendors who had been vending on or before March 24, 2020, in urban areas including those from surrounding peri-urban/ rural areas. Under the Scheme, the vendors can avail of a working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000, which is repayable in monthly installments in the tenure of one year. On timely/ early repayment of the loan, an interest subsidy @ 7% per annum will be credited to the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer on a quarterly basis. There will be no penalty on the early repayment of loans. The scheme promotes digital transactions through cashback incentives up to an amount of Rs. 100 per month. The vendors can achieve their ambition of going up the economic ladder by availing the facility of enhancement of the credit limit on timely/ early repayment of the loan.
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