Indian Railways, with its largest network, has been a means of livelihood for many vendors (hawkers) who transact consumables to passengers along travel routes. These people fall below the low-income level in our society; while some may be authorised by the railways as vendors, most of them are unauthorised and do not have a steady source of daily income.
Recently, Eastern railways has come forward to uplift the status of these hawkers by providing them not only with government support but also by helping them reposition their social image. Indus Global is privileged to work with Eastern Railways as the skill development and vocational training partner. We are providing the necessary soft skills training to hawkers and thus supporting the endeavour of elevating their societal and financial grades.
Hawker’s Mainstream Inclusion programme provides hawkers with the necessary soft skills training and upskills them to be able to create a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.
We take care of their social and financial security by including them under the government welfare schemes and financial linkages like the West Bengal Government welfare scheme for unorganised labour KARMATIRTHA.
The programme provides financial assistance to hawkers who have lost livelihood opportunities due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Under this scheme, a one-time ex-gratia payment is provided to the hawkers as an alternative sustainable source of income to cope with the loss of regular livelihood.