Govt to allow ‘mobile shop’ in country: HUA ministry

Launch of Centre for Civil Society's Report on Implementing the Street Vendors Act

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry is contemplating to introduce 'mobile shops' concept for street vendors in the country under its National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), a senior official said.

Ministry Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said that under the concept, the owner will be given license to do the mobile street vending. The idea was floated at a recent 'National Workshop on Street Vendors' organised by the ministry.

"At the recent national workshop on street vendors, several suggestions came up. One of the suggestions was to allow 'mobile shop' in country. The ministry will consider it and find out a solution how we can provide funding (to mobile shops)," Mishra said.

He said 18 lakh street vendors have been identified so far in 2,430 cities across the country under the Street Vendors Act 2014. Also, 2,344 'Street Vendor Committees' have been constituted and nine lakh street vendors have been issued identify cards under the Act, the secretary said.