For better facilitation in urban areas, the State Government will implement vending zones with the assistance of the Central Government, said the Uttarakhand Urban Development and Housing minister Madan Kaushik. The Union minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri has accorded approval for this purpose.
According to official sources, Kaushik tabled the proposal regarding vending zones in a national-level workshop held in the national Capital which was attended by Puri and senior bureaucrats of the Union Government among others.
According to the proposal, the vending zone facility will be implemented with the joint cooperation of Central Government, State Government and the beneficiaries. In case the intended beneficiaries do not have the money to purchase cart, they will also receive financial assistance for purchasing the carts. Vending zones are an important part of informal urban economy that provide self employment opportunities to the vendors. On the other hand, the poor, middle classes and other city residents are also able to procure affordable items conveniently from vending zones. The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 provides protection to street vendors. Further, work is also being undertaken in this sphere through the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM). It is aimed at development of strong community-based body, skill development and facilitation of cheap loans. After detailed discussion in the workshop, Kaushik tabled the proposal related to vending zones. The proposal, on implementation will help make vending zones in Uttarakhand properly managed.
Saturday, 09 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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