The State government is keen on ensuring that street vendors in the State lead a life of dignity, and hence, was offering them loans promoting their businesses, Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar said here on Tuesday.
He said government had come up with the initiative of sanctioning a loan of Rs 10,000 to each street vendor at low interest rate to help them overcome crisis in the wake of coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
The Minister and District Collector RV Karnan distributed cheques amounting to Rs 84.10 lakh to 841 street vendors in Khammam city.
Life insurance policies under Jivana Jyothi Bhima Yojana and safety kits were distributed to sanitation workers. Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kumar noted that after Hyderabad, Khammam was the second place street vendors were given loans to run their business.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao had proposed construction of complexes for street vendors. As part of the initiative, two complexes were being constructed in Khammam and they would be inaugurated on August 15, he said.
The Collector informed that as many as 6,998 street vendors had been identified in Khammam. Identity cards were given to about 6,711 vendors and 6,113 were provided insurance facility.
Later, Ajay Kumar inaugurated District Mahila Samakhya building built at an estimated cost of Rs 97 lakh at Tekulapalli in Khammam. On the occasion, women groups were given Rs 154.45 crore worth Covid-19 loans.
The Minister informed that the building was lying incomplete for the past decade. Rs 46 lakh from DMFT funds was sanctioned to finish its construction to conduct training programmes and meetings.
Steps would be taken to complete the construction of all mandal Mahila Samakhya buildings in Khammam district. In order to help women earn money in the present-day crisis, they were engaged in stitching of face masks among other works, he added.
Zilla Parishad Chairman L Kamalraj, MLC B Lakshmi Narayana, SUDA Chairman B Vijay Kumar, Mayor G Papalal, Municipal Commissioner Anurag Jayanthi and Additional Collector M Snehalatha were present.