- The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (MoHUA) partners with Swiggy to get street food vendors online.
- The ministry and Swiggy launched this initiative in cities including Delhi, Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Varanasi.
- Reports suggest that the officials also planning to expand the initiative after the successful completion of the listed cities.
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (MoHUA) partners with the online food aggregator Swiggy to get street food vendors of Delhi, Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Varanasi to get online.
The ministry reported that it has onboarded 250 street food vendors in the listed cities and will help them to get online in food aggregator platforms.
The step is the part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's street vendor Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SAVANidhi) scheme. The platform will give street food vendors access to the thousands of online customers and will help to grow their business through online medium.
The impact of the COVID-19 has the worst impact, especially the street food vendors and small businesses that are dependent on their offline businesses. The decision will help street food vendors to increase their business growth.
The MoU was signed during the webinar with Joint Secretary Shri Sanjay Kumar and, Shri Rahul Bothra (CFO, Swiggy) in the presence of (MoHUA) Secretary, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra.
To bring back the business growth of the street food vendors, The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has coordinated with the key stakeholders including Municipal Corporation, Fssai, Swiggy, and GST officials to ensure the completion of the necessary requirements.
Also, The ministry will help the street food vendors to get their PAN and FSSAI registration, digitization, orders menu, pricing, hygiene, and the food packaging for their business.
The ministry and Swiggy also planning to expand this initiative to other cities across the country after the successful completion of the listed cities.
Moreover, the initiative is part of the PM SVANidhi scheme which was first implemented on June 1, 2020. According to the reports, The scheme has targeted for this initiative to benefit more than 5 million street food vendors across the country.
Under the scheme, the vendors can get capital up to Rs 10,000 for their business, which can be paid monthly in affordable installments. On timely payment of the installments, vendors will get an interest subsidy at a 7% annum, which will be credited on their bank accounts.