Identity cards for all urban street vendors

Kerala set to become the first State to achieve the feat

November 13, 2017 12:53 am | Updated 12:53 am IST - Kozhikode

Minister for Local Self Government K.T. Jaleel will declare Kerala as the first State to issue identity cards to all urban street vendors at a function to be held in Kozhikode on Monday.

The distribution of identity cards to street vendors in the city will also be held on the occasion.

The programme will be held at the Kozhikode Town Hall at 10 a.m. The Kozhikode Municipal Corporation was the first urban body in the State to conduct a survey of street vendors under the guidance of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).

The services of MSW students were utilised for the survey that began in 2015. The survey identified as many as 2,036 eligible street vendors.

In the second phase of the project, the corporation is planning to issue smart cards to vendors. The card will enable officials of the corporation health wing as well as the police to keep watch on vendors.


Meanwhile, a website has been launched to help street vendors earn decent income on a day-to-day basis.

A mobile application ‘Mithayitheruvu’ that reaches out to customers with details about street vendors and the products for sale has also been launched. The application works on Android and IOS platforms.

MP M.K. Raghavan, MLAs M.K. Muneer, A. Pradeep Kumar, V.K.C. Mammad Koya, A.K. Saseendran, District Collector U.V. Jose, and City Police Commissioner Kaliraj Mahesh Kumar will be present at the programme that will be presided over by Mayor Thottathil Raveendran.

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