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Vendors’ fee collection goes up

This has led to a collection of Rs 16 crore in the district as licence and registration fee from Pune district.

There has been a marked increase in bhelpuri,vada pav and street food vendors applying for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licence and registration,said officials from FDA office who attributed it to the single-window system and awareness drives.

Figures from April 2012 to February 2013 show that 649 vada pav vendors,310 bhelpuri vendors and 182 pani puri vendors were given licence and registration certificates in the district.

“Since 2011,when FDA took over registration and licence works,there has been a huge increase in people getting licence. In the past year,registration has almost doubled,” said Shashikant Kekare,Joint Commissioner of FDA.

“This is because of the single-window facility for certificates as well as extensive awareness drive we have carried out,” said Kekare.

After 2011,the eight different laws for licence and registration was made into a single law called Food Safety and Standards Act and FDA was given the powers to give out the licence.

“Earlier,people had to run to various offices. Now it is a single window procedure,” said Kekare. This has led to a collection of Rs 16 crore in the district as licence and registration fee from Pune district.

“After the new law came in,we have been giving paper presentations and slide shows to vendors’ and traders’ organisations to make them aware of the new laws. Whenever any village calls us,we go there and give free presentations on existing laws. This has helped us collect a total of Rs 16,70,11,780 which is almost the one-fourth of the total FDA collected in Maharashtra,” said Kekare.

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“During the festive season too we had extensively campaigned to spread awareness among ‘farsan’ and sweetmeat shop. Even meat shop owners have started coming up for registration in large numbers,” said Kekare.