The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has entered into an MoU with Swiggy, the food ordering and delivery major, to bring street food vendors on its ecommerce platform, giving them online access to thousands of consumers and helping them grow their businesses under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme.
According to the ministry, MoHUA and Swiggy will run a pilot program by on-boarding 250 vendors across five cities namely – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.
The street vendors will be helped with PAN and FSSAI registration, training on technology/ partner app usage, menu digitization and pricing, hygiene and packaging best practices. Upon the successful completion of the pilot, MoHUA and Swiggy plan to expand this initiative across the country in phases.
MoHUA secretary Durga Shankar Mishra also also launched the updated and modified version of PM SVANidhi Dashboard, which facilitates users not only with better granular view of the Scheme’s performance but also with additional tools for comparisons.
As on October 4, 2020, over 20 lakh loan applications have been received under the Scheme. Out of these over 7.5 lakh loans have been sanctioned and over 2.4 lakh loans disbursed.