Street food sellers: Skill India launches program to train street food sellers

To further qualify street vendors, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) will provide street food vendors with qualification training and qualify them for e-cart licenses, while maintaining food preparation hygiene and aesthetics. to be improved sale.

In the pilot project, which started on Tuesday, 2,500 street vendors between the ages of 23 and 55 who work for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) are receiving training as part of the Recognition of Previous Knowledge (RPL) from Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0.

“The aim of this program is to provide street food vendors with relevant skills that will result in better service to consumers, more opportunities for sellers to generate sales, awareness of regulations and established rules, and better service to local authorities,” it said in this .

The project is carried out by the Competence Council for Tourism and Hospitality (THSSC) and training partners of the NSDC. As part of the initiative, street vendors learn about health and safety standards, safety regulations in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, effective communication techniques with employees and customers, new-age skills such as digital literacy, financial literacy, digital payments and e-sales. The sellers are also supported with loans under the Mudra program.

Through this program, MSDE, NSDC and THSSC will provide street food vendors with the knowledge and skills they need to increase productivity and improve their livelihoods. The first batches take place in the EDMC headquarters and the remaining service recipients are trained decentrally in their respective stations / zones. EDMC will identify schools and community halls to conduct this four day training program.

“India is the country for 5.5 million street vendors and their contribution to the informal economy is 14% which is quite a bit and underscores the important role they play in the Indian economy,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship said.

“Retail and street sales segments were badly affected. The behavior and wellbeing of street food vendors determine how their respective cities are perceived, so continuing education is a must, ”he added.