PM SVANidhi: Govt receives over 5 lakh loan applications from street vendors

Scheme aims to provide street vendors loans of up to ₹10,000 to restart their business post the COVID-19 lockdown

According to a survey conducted by the National Hawkers Federation in 2015, there were over four crore hawkers in India, who on an average, used to sell products worth Rs 2,000 per day. This means the daily turnover of this informal sector was Rs 8,000 crore.

The government has received over five lakh applications under the PM SVANidhi scheme which aims to provide street vendors loans of up to ₹10,000 to restart their business post the COVID-19 lockdown, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday (August 12).

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the PM Street Vendors’ AtmaNirbhar Nidhi scheme has generated considerable enthusiasm among the street vendors.

The number of loan sanctioned and applications received under PM SVANidhi scheme have crossed one lakh and five lakh respectively within 41 days of commencement of the lending process.

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Under the scheme, vendors can avail of a working capital loan of up to ₹10,000 which is repayable in monthly installments in a year.

“The PM SVANidhi envisages bringing banks at the doorsteps of these nano-entrepreneurs by engaging the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and the micro-finance institutions (MFIs) as lending institutions in addition to scheduled commercial banks — public and private, regional rural banks, cooperative banks, SHG banks etc,” the statement said.

Onboarding vendors on digital payment platforms is a very important component to building their credit profile and help them become part of the formal urban economy, it stated.

Last week, the ministry had launched the “Letter of Recommendation module” through which street vendors, who don’t have identity cards or certificate of vending, can also avail benefits under scheme.

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