Mayor launches ‘Mai Bhi Digital’ campaign for street vendors

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Chandigarh, September 16:- Sh. Ravi Kant Sharma, Mayor, Chandigarh today launched ‘Mai Bhi Digital’ (me too digital) campaign in the presence of Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh. This campaign was launched from Shastri Market, Sector 22, Chandigarh for the street vendors, enabling them to accept and make payments digitally.

While addressing the street vendors and masses during the occasion, the Mayor said that in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the street vendors, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi).

He said that street vendors would use PAYTM digital mode of transactions in their daily street vending business to promote cashless transactions. He said our Prime Minister has also visualized a dream of making INCLUSIVE DIGITAL INDIA by bringing in all sections of society.

He said that Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India has engaged PAYTM, a Digital Payment Aggregator (DPA) for Chandigarh. Street Vendors Federation Sector 22 Chandigarh assisted in mobilizing street vendors from the vending zones for on the spot onboarding of street vendors. Today total 21 street vendors were distributed QR code for PAYTM digital transactions and the same facility will be provided to the rest street vendors in different parts of city by end of this month.

Speaking about the benefit to the street vendors with this scheme ‘mai bhi digital’, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, MCC said that the special micro-credit facility scheme provided working capital to the street vendors so that they can resume their businesses and in a bid to make the scheme more accessible, the beneficiaries falling under the scheme will be trained in using the digital payments and would be able to receive payments and pay for material they procure from sellers using unique QR codes.

She said that the training on digital payments to the street vendors will be provided on a safe and secure platform and the cell phones of the street vendors will be equipped with the software to make transactions.

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