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Karnataka launches SC/ST entrepreneurship scheme

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on October 30, 2018 Published on October 30, 2018

Following the success of Unnati and Airavata schemes, Karnataka Social Welfare Department today launched the Samruddhi scheme to boost employment opportunities for SC/ST youth through entrepreneurship. For this, the government is partnering with private enterprises to train the youth from backward communities.

“The government is planning to create ‘industry owned private enterprise’ to make them financially independent,” said State Minister for Social Welfare Priyank Kharge said.

“The Samruddhi scheme is targeted at socially marginalised communities to provide them with skill development and alternate means of employment,” he added.

To create industry owned private enterprise, the State government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 30 retail companies of the 62 which have shown interest.

The 30 companies which have signed MoU are to provide self-employment opportunities for around 25,000 beneficiaries from the SC/ST communities.

The department is hoping to create around 10,000 entrepreneurs annually in the next three years from among the economically and socially marginalised communities in the State.

“These entrepreneurs will in their turn create jobs in rural and semi urban areas, and help push employment and skill development in the State further. The government hopes that this scheme will ultimately benefit aspiring, young citizens from rural and tier II cities and ensure sustainable and all-round development,” said Kharge.

As part of the Samruddhi scheme, the government will also provide a seed grant to deserving youth to start their own franchises or retail outlets after they receive the required training and certification.

Published on October 30, 2018

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