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Street vendors to be issued identity cards1 min read

September 16, 2014 2 min read

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Udupi: The urban street vendors, at an estimated 234 men and 35 women, will soon be issued photo identity cards, as per the guidelines of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NUML) from December 2013.

The street vendors, who are often harassed by public authorities for not having a license, will benefit from these cards as they will act as sufficient proof for them to open bank accounts, get loans and other security benefits. City Street vending areas which provide sufficient space, drinking water, toilets and lighting facilities for the vendors will also be developed.

Narayan S.S, Community Affairs Officer, City Municipal Council, Udupi, said ‘Street vendors often block the roads and footpaths and are troubled by many authorities. Following the NUML guidelines, we have conducted a survey to collect ID proofs, photographs and other required details from the vendors. The cards will be issued by the end of the month.’ However, he stated that the planning for the City Street vending areas was still in progress and might take some time.

The process of data collection also seems to be facing problems, as many vendors have not yet submitted their documents. There are others who have mistaken the cards for a license. Some are reluctant to move to proper vending areas.

While Shekar Pujari, a food vendor, felt that the IDs would provide him with a legitimate answer for the authorities, Mohammad Hasein, another vendor, said ‘I am uncertain about this as I am not sure how much of a difference it will make.’

Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla