Delhi government to provide easy loans up to Rs 20,000 to street...

Delhi government to provide easy loans up to Rs 20,000 to street vendors, hawkers | City


Aug 12, 2020, 08:11AM ISTSource:

Delhi government will provide loans up to Rs 20,000 to street vendors and hawkers. It will help them revive their businesses, which have been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It will be a permanent arrangement and will continue even after the pandemic is over. Street vendors and hawkers will be provided the loan at a low interest. A policy is being made for the purpose,” social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said. Hawkers and street vendors were not permitted from March-end till July and only those engaged in the sale of essential items like vegetables and fruits could manage to continue their trade with much difficulties. The pandemic has badly affected them, leaving many of them with survival challenges. Most of them do not even have any savings left. Towards the end of the last month, Delhi government allowed street vendors and hawkers to restart their work and businesses. Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal approved the proposal to allow street vendors and hawkers. From August 1, street hawkers were permitted to operate from 10 am to 8 pm every day with social distancing and all other precautionary measures in place. Delhi has over 5 lakh street vendors. The number of vendors registered with civic bodies is, however, far less.

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