AP doing better for Dalit entrepreneurs, says DICCI chief Kamble

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) national president Milind Kamble has said that the Andhra Pradesh State Government was doing better than the rest of the States in promoting Dalit entrepreneurs.

Speaking to media persons after inaugurating the office of the DICCI AP Chapter, on Friday, Kamble said that the AP government had issued five GOs so far to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. He said that the State had taken enough care for the inclusive growth of the weaker sections, particularly the Dalits, in all its development plans, including the industrial sector.

He claimed that the government was offering subsidies and other benefits to the Dalits to become entrepreneurs. The State was giving priority to train the new entrepreneurs in its skill development and entrepreneurship development programmes, he said and claimed that the government, in some cases, had extended 100 per cent subsidy to the Dalits to establish industries in the State. He also thanked the government for offering Rs 3 lakhs a year for Dalits to study management courses in reputed institutions. This would bring more people from the SC and ST sections into the management courses and become entrepreneurs, he asserted.

Kamble appealed to the SCs and STs in the country to make use of the benefits being extended by the State and the Central governments to promote entrepreneurship among them. As chairman of the Stand-up India programme of the Central government, he said that the DICCI was able to provide financial and skill support to over 0.39 per cent among the SC and ST entrepreneurs. He asserted that he would take this assistance to 4 per cent of the SC and ST entrepreneurs in the coming days.

Kamble wanted the government to provide a minimum of Rs 200 crores each to the SCs and STs in the 2017-18 budget in the form of venture capital fund. He also wanted the State governments, particularly Andhra Pradesh, to create venture capital fund to promote entrepreneurs from the SCs and STs.

DICCI south India chapter president Narra Ravi Kumar, AP president Mannem Madhusudhana Rao, woman wing coordinator Sobha Rani and others were present.

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