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Special drive to include street vendors into digital payments launched

New Delhi – Pilot run of the ‘special drive for Digital on-boarding of street vendors under PM SVANidhi scheme’ was launched on Thursday. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in a virtual event. The drive launched today is in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of  “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”.

The special drive aims to accelerate on-boarding of street vendors on the UPI QR code and handhold them to start accepting and making digital payment transactions. Five major aggregators including Paytm, Phone Pe, Bharat Pe, Mswipe and Aceware have agreed to participate in 45 days special drive for digitally onboarding the street vendors with BHIM-UPI QR code on pro-bono basis.

The street vendors drive will cover 223 cities across the country with around 868184 street vendors to be on-boarded under various urban local bodies. Digital Payment Aggregators will educate the street vendors about the benefits of digital payments such as convenience, increased operational efficiency, seamless transfer of funds, cost saving, transparency and security. They will also hand hold the street vendors by performing penny drop transaction and any further support that is required to accept and pay digitally.

Digital footprints including digital payment transactions and loan repayment data under the scheme would help in credit profiling of street vendors. This will enable inclusion of street vendors in the formal credit ecosystem, and help in driving financial inclusion of unorganized sector.

This will enable inclusion of Street Vendors in the formal credit ecosystem, and help in driving financial inclusion of street vendors from the unorganized sector.

In recent years, a significant rise in use of digital payments has been observed. Contactless digital payment modes including BHIM UPI, Rupay contactless etc, has significant role to facilitate social distancing, for prevention of Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic has catalysed behavioural changes in citizens for adoption of digital payments, as reflected in the tremendous growth in BHIM UPI transactions from 99.95 crore in April 2020 to  355.55 crore in August-2021.  During the coronavirus crisis, digital payments, particularly BHIM UPI has played a significant role in keeping economy running by supporting commerce and business.

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