Karnataka to partner with firms for ‘industry owned private enterprises’

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on October 15, 2018 Published on October 15, 2018

Karnataka Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge   -  THE HINDU


Close on the heals of partnering with taxi hailing company Uber, the Karnataka government is planning to partner with FMCG major ITC and Walmart.

In an interaction with BusinessLine, Karnataka Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge said the government is working towards signing MoUs with 40 other companies under the Airavatha scheme.

Airavatha scheme

The Airavatha scheme has been devised to boost employment opportunities for SC/ST youth. “By partnering with private companies we are to create ‘industry owned private enterprise’ for youth in tier 2, 3 cities and rural areas,” Kharge said.

“About a month ago we signed a MoU with taxi hailing company Uber to create ‘enterprises for youth’ in smaller cities and rural areas,” he added.

“The companies are looking for markets and Karnataka government is taking them to the market through livelihood programmes. Driven by Karnataka's Social Welfare Ministry by partnering with industry are to be benefit and helps the state government to create more self-employment opportunities and boost livelihood options,” he said.

Tie-up with Uber

As part of partnership with Uber, government is expected to provide a financial grant of ₹5 lakh each to identified beneficiaries from the SC/ST community. Uber will assist the government in identifying eligible candidates from the SC/ST community from the Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Hubballi, especially in semi-urban areas, and encourage them to take advantage of this scheme.

Through the Airavatha scheme, the State government aims to foster partnerships with potential service providers and aggregators in key sectors like education, infrastructure, skilling and entrepreneurship.

Published on October 15, 2018
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