Support to Urban Street Vendors

Street vendors constitute an important segment at the bottom of the pyramid of the informal economy in cities. Street vending provides a source of self-employment, and acts as a measure of urban poverty alleviation. Street vending also has a prominent place in the urban supply chain, and provides inexpensive and convenient access to goods and services to all segments of the population including the poor. Street vending is therefore an integral part of the economic growth process in urban areas.

Low levels of education and skills, limited access to formal credit and micro enterprise support constrain street vendors’ ability to access emerging market opportunities. On account of being unorganised and self-employed, street vendors and their families often lack in any linkage to social security, welfare and assistance schemes and initiatives of the Government. This makes street vendors and their families vulnerable in difficult times, or when they may require assistance for unforeseen expenses.

In this context, the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) seeks to address the concerns of urban street vendors by facilitating access to suitable spaces for vending, institutional credit, improved skills and social security linkages. The Support to Urban Street Vendors Component of NULM sets out the strategy and operational guidelines with regard to this component.

What benefits does DAY-NULM offer under the SUSV component?
  • ULB will be supported for the conduct of street vendor survey to get the size of street vendor population so as to prepare plan of action for the rehabilitation of street vendors
  • All eligible street vendors will be provided with street vendor ID card which will be treated as a statutory valid ID card for any purpose including for opening bank account.
  • License/ certificate will be issued to all eligible street vendors. ULB can decide the license fee for street vending
  • Determination of vending zones as restriction- free vending zones, restricted vending zones and no-vending zones
  • Preparation of city street vending plans and development of vending markets, in all ULBs, as per requirements
  • Infrastructure development of existing vending zones in the city
  • Training and Skill Development for street vendors
  • Financial inclusion and Access to credit
  • Linkages to social security schemes