Addressing the annual session of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), with the theme ‘Self-employed from encroachers’, Puri said street vendors are “part of economic existence” and now lakhs of them have become micro-entrepreneurs after getting subsidized loans through PM Swanidhi Yojana.
“The theme of your conference is a big political message,” he said.
Puri said that the main objective of PM Swanidhi Yojana is to ensure self-confidence, self-employment and self-respect of street vendors across the country while claiming the central government scheme as the fastest launched program of the government. He said that till July 11, more than 30 lakh street vendors have been disbursed Rs 3,661 crore as micro-credit and the target of 50 lakh would be achieved soon.
The minister acknowledged that there has been a tendency for municipal officials to harass street vendors and the government is trying to address that problem by taking up the issue with the state governments.
Puri also assured the street vendors of Delhi to take up their concerns with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the city police commissioner.