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Compulsory registration rule for all street vendors

Delhi health minister Ashok Kumar Walia said the government would start registering vendors and issue food licenses very soon.

delhi Updated: Jul 29, 2012 23:17 IST
Atul Mathur

Thousands of traders selling food items across the city will now have to register their businesses.

Delhi health minister Ashok Kumar Walia said the government would start registering vendors and issue food licenses very soon. He said the government had roped in a Government of India's undertaking organisation to carry out the exercise.

"We have decided to outsource the job of registering of the vendors to the National Institute of Smart Governance. The institute will start with six centres in the Capital and each centre will have 10 counters where vendors can register. Later, more centres will be opened," Walia said.

He said the government's website would also have a link where vendors will be able to upload their documents for registration.

Under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, which was implemented across the country in 2011, any person engaged in food business will have to register and obtain a licence to run his business. The vendors will have to fulfil safety and hygiene conditions to obtain a licence.

Under this, all sorts of food businesses, including fruits and vegetables sellers, roadside tea stalls, grocery and milk shops, restaurants, hotels, canteens and caterers will have to obtain a licence. The food licence will be in addition to other licences that the business establishments take from the local civic agencies, excise, tax and police.

Though the government had earlier fixed August 4, 2012, as the deadline for all states to complete the process, Delhi government officials said the deadline had been extended by six months.

Officials said the vendor would be liable for sale of any sub-standard food material and liable for action. Failure to get themselves registered will also attract heavy penalty.