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Vendors? welfare scheme gets nod

THE STATE Cabinet today approved a welfare scheme for urban street vendors. The State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Vallabh Bhavan, today took the decision in view of the difficulties faced by hawkers and street vendors on footpaths and street corner, say the official sources.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 14:15 IST

THE STATE Cabinet today approved a welfare scheme for urban street vendors. The State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Vallabh Bhavan, today took the decision in view of the difficulties faced by hawkers and street vendors on footpaths and street corner, say the official sources.

Under the scheme, chalked out by Urban Development and Administration Department, the urban civic bodies would conduct a survey of street vendors in cities. On the basis of the survey, licences would be issued to them.

Commissioner, Urban Administration and Development would be nodal officer for the work and training to the hawkers would be imparted through All India Institute of Local Government, Bhopal.

Hawker corners would be developed by the urban bodies and development authorities in every city keeping in view the number of street vendors at strategic points near markets and wards.

The identified street vendors would be provided identity cards, which would bear joint photographs of husband and wife and record relevant details about the vendors. A state-level steering and monitoring committee, town hawkers welfare committees and ward hawkers welfare committees would be constituted for the well-being of the street vendors and hawkers.

Concerning urban civic bodies would form self-help groups (SHGs) of the hawkers in their respective areas and take necessary action to enable them to conduct their business more efficiently. They would also be associated with Swarna Jayanti Urban Employment Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Yojana.

The State Government would launch a group insurance scheme for the registered hawkers through urban civic bodies. Cooperation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would also be enlisted to improve their social condition.

First Published: May 10, 2006 14:15 IST