The first batch of identification cards for newspaper vendors across the city, an initiative byThe Hindu, was handed out by Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration) U. Nissar Ahmed to vendors in the Koramangala area.
Mr. Ahmed said the newspaper distribution sector had been neglected for long and hoped the ID cards would entitle them to benefits and welfare schemes that are given to the organised sector.
“These identification cards make it easy for vendors to enter apartment complexes,” said Babu Vijay, Regional General Manager (Circulation),The Hindu.
Venkatesh Murthy, a newspaper dealer in the area said, “We get stopped by the police during our early morning rounds. And because we do not have identification, we have trouble proving we're newspaper delivery men,” he said.
Ramakrishna, the first one to receive the card from Mr. Ahmed, said newspaper boys were the first to be suspected during a theft. Mr. Ahmed, who himself started off as a newspaper boy, could empathise with the vendors. “Between 1967 and 1969, I distributed papers to pay for my school and college fees,” he said.
At a programme held at the Adugodi traffic police station, which also serves as a drop-off point for newspapers for the Koramangala area, 84 distributers were handed identity cards.
The Hinduaims to give away about 4,000 ID cards to major distributors across the city.
‘ID cards make it easy
for vendors to enter apartment complexes'