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Govt allocates ₹500 cr to support SC/ST, women entrepreneurs

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on February 29, 2016


Stand Up India will facilitate at least two projects per bank branch and will benefit at least 2.5 lakh entrepreneurs

Government has allocated ₹500 crore for scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and women entrepreneurs in the Budget under the Stand Up India scheme.

It will also set up a national hub in the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in partnership with industry associations to provide professional support to scheduled caste/scheduled tribes (SC/ST) entrepreneurs, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while announcing Union Budget 2016-17 in Parliament.

“SC and ST entrepreneurs are beginning to show considerable promise in starting and running businesses... I am happy to inform you that the Union Cabinet has approved the Stand Up India scheme to promote entrepreneurship among ST/SCs and women ₹500 crore has been provided for this purpose,” he said.

The scheme will facilitate at least two such projects per bank branch one in each category of entrepreneurs and will benefit at least 2.5 lakh entrepreneurs in this category, he added.

“We are celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. This must become the year of the economic empowerment for SC/ST entrepreneurs... It is proposed to constitute a national SC/ST hub in the MSME Ministry in partnership with industry associations,” Jaitley said. He added that there have been extensive interactions with Dalit India Chamber of Commerce and Industry on building an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

“This hub will provide a professional support to SC/ST entrepreneurs to fulfil the obligations under the Central government procurement policy adopted best practices and leverage the Stand up initiative. The scheme for welfare and skill development of minorities such as multi sectoral development and Ustad shall be implemented effectively,” he said.

Published on February 29, 2016
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