New Delhi : In 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.
Launching the initiative, Shri 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 Shri 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.
Expressing his views on the initiative, Shyam Sundar Agarwal, Mayor, East Delhi thanked Prime Minister 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.
The 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.
MSDE, NSDC and THSSC will provide necessary knowledge and skillsto the Street Food Vendors throughthis programme to increase productivity and enhance their livelihoods. 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.
All mobilized candidates who have completed registration will go through a counselling session conducted by the Training Partners (TPs)preferably in the presence of MCD officials. The counselling session intends to provide clarity to candidates on their skill competencies, aptitude, interests, opportunities, and structure of the itineraryfor next 4-5 days.The programme will be implemented under PMKVY 3.0 which provides for training, certification,and assessment cost along with Rs. 500/- incentive, 3 years and Rs. 2 lakh accidental insurance to the candidates.
Further, to compensate the candidates for income loss during the training, NSDC will ensure that they complete the training of 32 hours and spend about 8 hours a day on training. Customised monitoring and evaluation enhancements visits, verification of previous skills and eligibility ascertained by an initial screening, e- verification calls, and face detection for attendance will also be performed.
It is expected that a larger proportion of applicants will be existing hawkers and street food vendors looking at better opportunities and legitimacy. Therefore, the programme will be customised as per their requirements which would mean limited number of hours for training, as per their convenience, selection of a suitable location for training and taking support of related NGOs and MCD for motivation and counselling. Training Partners will be the primary agency to address the issues.