Relief for hawkers: Centre flags ‘problems’ to Maharashtra, state says following standards
BMC says it has encouraged all street suppliers to look for the plan. (Nirmal Harindran/File)
The Prime Minister Street Supplier’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), an interest-free loan plan presented by the Centre to provide working capital to street suppliers impacted by the across the country lockdown, might now be caught between the Centre and Maharashtra federal government.
While the Centre had nudged Maharashtra to rid the application procedure of specific discrepancies, state government authorities said there are no discrepancies, and the scheme is, in fact, being implemented in toto.
Sources in the Union federal government told The Indian Express that the secretary, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, had written to Maharashtra chief secretary on October 27, “raising and repeating problems about the inconsistencies and issues in execution of Street Vendors Act, 2014, and PM SVANidhi scheme for street suppliers to resume incomes”.
The letter, it is learnt, points out that the plan was not removing in Maharashtra “due to problems created by the State government”.
In an evaluation conference of PM SVANidhi on October 16, sources said, several problems were flagged by the Centre to Maharashtra. “Lots of street vendors who are determined in the study carried out by the State are not registered as qualified for benefits under PM SVANidhi Scheme,” a source stated. “As per the plan, the condition of domicile of street suppliers has been imposed for their registration.”
Sources in the Union government said that 1,63,309 Recommendation Letter (LoRs) were released to applicants in Maharashtra until October 16, but they are yet to be released the Certificate of Selling (CoV). The LoR and CoV are provided by metropolitan regional bodies under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vendors) Act, 2014.
The Indian Express had actually reported on October 6 that more than 20 lakh street vendors across the nation had applied for interest-free loan under PM SVANidhi, and nearly 2 lakh suppliers had till then got the advantage. The loan needs to be paid back within a year under the plan, which was launched in June with a sanctioned budget of Rs 700 crore. Upon payment, a vendor is eligible for another Rs 10,000 as loan.
While the Centre competes that the Maharashtra government was informed that not registering vendors recognized in the state’s survey, and demanding their domicile certificates before their registration, are versus provisions of the 2014 Act, senior authorities of the state Urban Advancement Department stated the state had actually not enforced any additional conditions for street suppliers to obtain the scheme. Nevertheless, they said, some bank branches processing their applications have, in many cases, looked for extra files such as residence certificate, CRISIL rating or files for e-KYC from applicants.
Mahesh Pathak, Principal Secretary, Urban Development-II, Maharashtra, said about 2.60 lakh applications were received from street vendors in the state, of which nearly 20 percent has been authorized. He said extremely couple of applications are turned down; the rest are pending. “Three conferences were held concerning this but no such concern was raised,” Pathak stated.
” In truth, there was a VC conference held just three days earlier with Government of India officials, all corporation officials– I also went to that meeting– but no such discrepancies were discussed. “This scheme is being examined at the greatest levels. We have not sought any extra documents from applicants and the Central scheme is being followed in toto.”
Some bank branches “may have sought additional files from the candidates,” he stated.
In the online application to obtain benefits of PM SVANidhi plan, candidates are asked to select their preferred bank and branch in a dropdown menu, and numerous pick the bank closest to their house or the one that they may currently have an account in, Haider Imam, general secretary of AITUC Hawkers’ Union, stated.
Of 6,500 members of his union in Mumbai, Imam said none has actually yet received the scheme’s advantage.
Sharad Bande, Superintendent of Licence department, BMC, said, “We have not enforced any brand-new condition for which hawkers are discovering it hard to get advantage of the scheme. All surveyed hawkers have been asked to send their kinds to the closest local ward workplaces. I have asked our staff to help hawkers if they face difficulties in filling the types. The BMC’s role is to provide a platform to avail the advantage.”
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