Mad­hya Pradesh em­pow­ers ven­dors

Down to Earth - - ANALYSIS -

In 2005, when Shivraj Singh Chauhan as­sumed power as the chief min­is­ter of Mad­hya Pradesh, he fo­cused on reg­u­lat­ing street ven­dors. He in­tro­duced "Feri­walon ki duniya", a scheme that adopts the Na­tional Pol­icy of Street Ven­dors, 2004.

The gov­ern­ment con­ducted sur­veys in all the 50 dis­tricts of the state, iden­ti­fied about 67,500 ven­dors and gave them iden­tity cards. By 2012, it had iden­ti­fied and regis­tered 5,887 ur­ban street ven­dors in Bhopal dis­trict, 5,347 in Gwalior, 3,683 in In­dore, 3,169 in Sa­gar, 2,262 in Burhan­pur and 2,036 in Chhatarpur dis­trict. In 2012, the Mad­hya Pradesh gov­ern­ment an­nounced the Chief Min­is­ter's Wel­fare Scheme. It was for­mu­lated by com­bin­ing var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments' schemes. It gives the fol­low­ing pro­vi­sions to regis­tered street ven­dors: PREG­NANCY AND DE­LIV­ERY AS­SIS­TANCE: In the first two preg­nan­cies and de­liv­er­ies, street ven­dors' wives get wages for six months; street ven­dors get wages for 15 days. They also get ` 1,000 for de­liv­ery in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal. SCHOL­AR­SHIP: Two chil­dren get schol­ar­ship as pre­scribed by the depart­ment of Sched­uled Caste and Sched­uled Tribe. CASH FOR DAUGH­TERS' WED­DING: Fi­nan­cial aid of ` 9,000 each to two daugh­ters if they are mar­ried dur­ing mass wed­dings. HEALTH AS­SIS­TANCE: Street ven­dors are cov­ered un­der Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yo­jana. Spe­cial help is pro­vided in case of a deadly dis­ease. ON DEATH OF A STREET VEN­DOR: ` 30,000 to fam­ily of

the ag­grieved; li­cence to be trans­ferred to a fam­ily mem­ber.

To en­sure smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of the schemes, the state gov­ern­ment pro­vides 50 per cent fi­nan­cial aid to the mu­nic­i­pal body to cre­ate in­fra­struc­ture like con­crete pave­ments, bound­ary walls and toi­lets. The mu­nic­i­pal body bears the other 50 per cent of the fi­nan­cial bur­den.

S K Shukla, state com­mis­sioner-cum-sec­re­tary, says, "We are now plan­ning to launch a city-wise web­site for street ven­dors work­ing in spe­cific vend­ing zones. Con­sumers can place their or­ders on­line. The or­der will be for­warded to the ven­dor who can get the or­der home de­liv­ered. This will also gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment".

"There is no dearth of re­sources. One only needs to have the vi­sion," he adds.

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