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Women street vendors felicitated in Kohima

Women street vendors felicitated in Kohima
Nino Iralu with EA members and women street vendors. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/29/2020 12:46:03 PM IST

Secretary (Judicial) Justice & Law, Nino Iralu said that street vendors form an integral part of urban economy by providing access to wide range of goods and services in public spaces.

She was speaking as the special guest during the felicitation of women street vendors achieving 10K thrift-cum-training on digital transaction and financial literacy under PM SVANidhi organized by Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) supported by Capri Global Capital Limited at Red Cross conference hall, today.

Iralu pointed out that street vendors create jobs not only for themselves but for porters, transport operators, storage providers etc. She said that street vendors generate revenue for the government by paying tax and license fee. 

Iralu further lauded the street vendors for keeping the city clean, safe for customers by providing them friendly personal services. Encouraging to strengthen the community, she said that street vendors provide main source of income for the household, bringing food for families, paying school fees for their children.

Appraising that as per the law for every right there is a corresponding duty, Iralu urged the gathering that the duty  during COVID-19 pandemic was to maintain clean environment, wash hands regularly and wear mask in public places. She said that street vendors (protection of livelihood and regulation of street vending) Act 2014 might slowly be implemented in the state which guarantees rights, protection and facilities to street vendors.

The Secretary felicitated 54 women street vendors for saving Rs.10,000 and 5 women street vendors for highest savings of 1 lakh and above.    

Delivering an introduction to the program, Advisor EA, Neikule Doulo informed that training on financial literacy to women street vendors started in 2017. Stating that the goal is to reach all districts in the state, she said that the training started with 16 women street vendors has reached more than 2,000 women across 7 districts in Kohima, Phek, Mokokchung, Wokha, Dimapur, Tuensang and Peren.

Doulo said that the reason the training started was because a lot of women vendors after working for 10-15 years were unable to grow beyond selling vegetables by the roadside.

One major finding was a lot of women did not save for the future, she said that the training gave financial empowerment to women vendors, some has saved more than Rs. 1 lakh over the past three years, while few of them bought land and some planning to buy land.  

Appraising that there are three categories of people involved in street vending, Doulo said that   some street vendors buy wholesale from the wholeseller, some sell only their own farm produce and some buy from other farmers and sell it in towns.

Lamenting the lack of proper toilet facilities and drinking water for the street vendors, she said that travelling from interior places to the towns to sell their produce was also a difficulty observed while training in Phek and Tuensang. She therefore announced that EA will be launching a bus which will be taking only street vendors from interior parts to town, first route from Phek to Kohima and Dimapur.  

Since COVID-19 pandemic has affected the income of the street vendors, Doulo said that EA under the programme “pay back environmentally” has encouraged street vendors to grow saplings. She further announced that EA will organize a street vendors’ summit on April 2021 since street vendors have never been organized in such manner, where they can come together and deliberate on problem.   

On the session II, admin co-ordinator EA, Yutho Sangtam gave an introduction to Aadhar Micro ATM for easy transaction and working session on the usage of micro ATM.  

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