Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy called for street food vendors to be trained in order to undertake cashless transactions. The minister interacted with many vendors during an ongoing national street food festival. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship awarded certificates to the vendors trained under 'Skill India Mission'.
Mr. Rudy also presented a scientifically-designed food cart to Ms. Radha Devi, who runs a tea stall in Sarojini Nagar, Delhi.
According to a senior official, "The minister also talked to the vendors on the need and benefits of serving hygienic and safe food," a senior official said.
"Keeping in mind demonetisation, he stressed the fact that all street food vendors need to be trained for digital options for payments and they should be efficient in accepting cashless payments from customers. He stressed the fact that the vendors also need to be trained for cashless transaction," the official added.
The three-day national food festival began on December 23 and was co-organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. About 500 street food vendors from across the country reached here to offer their special food and snacks.
Mr. Rudy said his ministry will organise an international street food festival next year to celebrate former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday.
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