On Thursday, food delivery platform Swiggy announced the expansion of its street food vendors programme to 125 cities under the Prime Minister Street Vendor's AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme.
It said the initiative follows a successful pilot that the company initiated with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Chennai, Delhi and Indore through which over 300 street vendors have already been onboarded.
Swiggy has created a special destination on the app for users to discover their favourite street food vendors. At the time of onboarding, all vendors will be registered with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and provided training with certification.
The SVANidhi Scheme has received loan applications from 1.47 lakh street food vendors so far. Out of these, in the first phase alone, Swiggy will onboard 36,000 vendors to whom the loan has been disbursed in 125 cities.
Swiggy will also conduct virtual one-on-one training and take them through the process of accepting, preparing, and fulfilling orders on the platform without compromising on consumer experience.
"We thank the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for giving Swiggy the opportunity to do our bit to help them adapt to the 'new normal' and embrace and thrive in the digital economy," said the company's Chief Operating Officer Vivek Sunder.