Naresh Upadhyay, a street vendor from Anand Vihar in east Delhi, had applied for a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from the East Delhi municipal corporation in Dec 2020.
Upadhyay is among the millions of street vendors in India whose businesses have been hit by the pandemic.
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He had specified that he was a 'fixed' (permanent) vendor and had given the address of his stall, which has been running for nearly 20 years.
As Upadhyay's experience illustrates, the 1st phase of the 2-year PM SVANidhi scheme has been poorly implemented & has had limited impact on the most vulnerable section of street vendors it was meant to empower