Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday targeted the Centre over its Pradhan Mantri Road Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi Yojana (PM SVANidhi scheme) by saying that road vendors require a special assistance package and not a loan.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said road vendors and small shopkeepers were hit tough all the way through the coronavirus (Covid-19) induced lockdown that ruined their livelihood.
आज पीएम साहब यूपी के कुछ रेहड़ी-पटरी दुकानदारों से बात करेंगे।
पूरे लॉकडॉउन में रेहड़ी-पटरी वालों, छोटे दुकानदारों पर भयंकर मार पड़ी। घर चलाना मुश्किल हो गया, रोजी-रोटी उजड़ गई।
रेहड़ी-पटरी वालों, दुकानदारों, छोटे व्यापारियों को आज लोन नहीं एक स्पेशल सहायता पैकेज की जरूरत है।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 27, 2020
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through video conferencing, distributed loans to almost 300,000 road vendors under the scheme and also interacted with its beneficiaries. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath used to be present at the event.
The PM SVANidhi scheme which is entirely funded by the ministry of housing and urban matters used to be launched on June 1, 2020 with an aim to supply credit for working capital to road vendors who have been affected because of the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
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The scheme ensures a working capital loan up to Rs 10,000 for these vendors, incentivizes steady payment and rewards digital transactions- which further open up new opportunities and make allowance this trade sector to flourish in the economy. All road vendors who have been in the trade on or before March 24, 2020, are eligible to avail the advantages.
Prime Minister Modi all the way through his virtual addresses lauded the road vendors and said that India moves forward because of their tough work. He added that maximum use of technology has been ensured in this scheme in order that vendors do not face any problem.