Skill India launches programme to upskill street food vendors

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In a move aimed at upskilling the street food vendors, the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) will impart skills training to the street food vendors and make them eligible for e-cart licenses while improving the hygiene conditions in food preparation and aesthetics of vending.

In the pilot project, launched on Tuesday, 2500 street vendors, aged between 23 years and 55 years and operating in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), will be imparted training under the recognition of prior learning (RPL) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0.

“The objective of this programme is to provide relevant skills to the street food vendors which will lead towards better services to consumers, more opportunities to vendors for revenue generation, awareness on regulations and stipulated rules and better services to the local bodies,” it said.

The project will be implemented by the tourism and hospitality sector skill council (THSSC) and training partners of NSDC. Under the initiative, the street food vendors will be educated on health and safety standards, safety provisions under COVID-19 protocols, effective communication techniques with staff and customers, new-age skills such as digital literacy, financial literacy, digital payments and e-selling. The vendors will also be supported with loans under the Mudra Scheme.

MSDE, NSDC and THSSC will provide necessary knowledge and skills to the Street Food Vendors through this 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.

“India is a land to 5.5 million street food vendors and 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,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state, ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship said.

“Retail and street vending segments were hugely impacted. The conduct and well-being of street food vendors define how their respective cities are perceived, therefore, their upskilling is an imperative,” he added.

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