Registered street vendors in Gujarat need to start business again

Ahmedabad

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today asked Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to proactively join Atmanirbhar Bharat, Atmanirbhar Gujarat and Atmanirbhar Street Vendors Scheme to help about two lakh registered street vendors in the state start business again. He was addressing a high-level review meeting of senior officers of the state’s UCBs, DCBs and PSBs through videoconferencing from here in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel.

Rupani said the Atmanirbhar Gujarat Assistance Package has been announced for Urban Cooperative Banks, District Central Banks and Sharafi Cooperative Societies to advance loans of Rs. 1.00 lakh to Rs. 2.50 lakh at 2 per cent annual interest for small traders and self-employed. He said there are 347 such institutions which have extended Rs.570 crore assistance to 56,000 beneficiaries. The nationalized banks should also plan some definite module and join the scheme. This benefit should be aggressively extended to more beneficiaries. He said that not just small traders, 35 lakh MSME units in the state should also get easy capital and loan.

Those who attended the review meeting included Urban Co-operative Banks Federation Chairman Jyotindra Mama, leading co-operative banker Ajaybhai Patel, Minister of State for Co-operatives Ishwarsinh Patel, Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary for Finance Pankaj Joshi, Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary M. K. Das, Co-operative Secretary Manish Bharadwaj, besides DGMs of State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Lead Bank in Gandhinagar.