Govt Swiggy bring street food shops online

Govt and Swiggy try to bring street food shops online

Foodtech chief Swiggy has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs or MHU to bring Indian street food vendors to the online platform. These initiatives under the PM Street Vendors Self-Reliance Fund or the Prime Minister's SVND Scheme will help these vendors grow their businesses that were severely damaged and are still struggling with the Kovid-11 epidemic.

Govt and Swiggy try to bring street food shops online
Govt and Swiggy try to bring street food shops online

"MHUA and Swiggy will conduct a pilot program through on-boarding, 250 vendors, across five cities namely Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi," the ministry said in a statement.

The MOHUA has coordinated with key stakeholders, including municipal corporations, FSSAI, Swiggy, and GST officials, to ensure that all binding guidelines are being followed, the statement said. As part of this initiative, street food vendors will be assisted in training in PAN and FSSAI registration, menu digitization, and pricing, and hygiene practice packaging and maintenance. The government aims to benefit more than 50 lakh street vendors, who will also be given an executive loan of up to Rs 10,000 through a 12-month EMI. MoHUA will also reward time and repayment with interest subsidy at the rate of %% per annum. 

According to the ministry, the grant will be credited directly through benefit transfer and quarterly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. If the scheme is more spread across the city and open to vendors of all kinds, it will surely emerge as a significant distribution channel for street vendors. But online ordering platforms like Swiggy and government agencies will have a hard time complying with regulations and maintaining hygiene standards. Following the successful completion of the pilot, MHUA and Swiggy plan to expand the initiative nationwide in phases.

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