Maharashtra to be role model in empowering Dalits, tribals

Maharashtra will set a role model for the nation with 10,000 Dalit/tribal entrepreneurs in the next three years.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published:August 19, 2016 3:20 am

The BJP-led government’s policy reforms at the Centre and in the state for empowering Dalits and tribals have become a political reality that cannot be thwarted by a handful of radical elements trying to serve their own vested interests, said Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries chairman Milind Kamble.

In an interview to The Indian Express, he said, “The Stand-Up India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the pro-active role of DICCI has come a long way with Maharashtra emerging as the leading state of the country to transform the fate of Dalits and tribals through additional policy reforms and incentives.”

“Maharashtra will set a role model for the nation with 10,000 Dalit/tribal entrepreneurs in the next three years. Backing it will be another 10,000 women entrepreneurs across the board, including both forward and backward communities. Across the country, the target is to handhold 1.25 lakh SC/ST entrepreneurs in the next three years through Stand-Up India,” he said.

While acknowledging the attacks on Dalits in Gujarat or Uttar Pradesh did not auger well for the image of the nation, he said, “Today, Generation Next Dalits are convinced economic policies of the Centre-state are the way forward to development. The handful of fringe elements’ efforts are going to become futile sooner or later.”

“The state government’s initiative to bring in sweeping reforms in its industrial policy has provided the perfect support system both logistically and financially for handholding of small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs among the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes,” said Kamble.

During the Make In India Week (February 13-18), the Maharashtra government brought in a new policy reserving 20 per cent plots in the MIDC for SCs/STs and extended a slew of incentives to them through concessions in power tariff and water tariff.

Maintaining that radical forces cannot stymie Dalits’ economic empowerment, Kamble said, “The statistics speaks for themselves. There are more than 3,000 Dalit millionaires. I can provide a list of more than 100 industrialists with an annual turnover of Rs 100 crore. Dalit-owned companies are providing jobs. So, we can clearly see a major shift in Dalits’ prosperity, both socially and economically.”

Kamble believes policy promotions at the Centre and in the state are going to help small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMSEs). “The success of SMSEs will automatically help SCs/STs, whose land holdings are extremely small in the agriculture sector,” he said.

Overriding apprehensions over SMSEs, Kamble said, “Look at the growth chart. SC/ST-run SMSEs have increased from 15 lakh (2001) to 90 lakh (2016), accounting for 15-18 per cent of SMSEs in the country.”

The DICCI is playing the role of facilitator in helping eligible Dalit or tribal candidates avail the schemes launched at the Centre and in the state. “In Mudra schemes out of 3.5 lakh SMSEs, 30 per cent account for SCs/STs.”

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    MyTake
    Aug 18, 2016 at 10:09 pm
    [The DICCI is playing the role of facilitator in helping eligible Dalit or tribal candidates avail the schemes launched at the Centre and in the state. “In Mudra schemes out of 3.5 lakh SMSEs, 30 per cent account for SCs/STs.”]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Once Dalits and Tribals get the taste of looking after themselves on their own, they will be the first to oppose quota and freebies. This is what will happen and should happen. Like many gave up gas subsidies at Modi's call, may be the economically better Dalits and Tribals officially denounce quota and freebies for any of their close family members. This will change the environment reinforcing positive side of life.
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    MyTake
    Aug 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm
    [“Maharashtra will set a role model for the nation with 10,000 Dalit/tribal entrepreneurs in the next three years. Backing it will be another 10,000 women entrepreneurs across the board, including both forward and backward communities. Across the country, the target is to handhold 1.25 lakh SC/ST entrepreneurs in the next three years through Stand-Up India,” he said.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Very encouraging. This is where solution to India's majority problems lies, which have been exploited by the vested interests over the years. In the name of illusory solution and without a committed leader, Dalits have been at the receiving end of all deals. Things should and must change. Empowerment of Dalits and Tribals is the empowerment of India. Yes, parallel focus should be on women. Make education for women free but on merit. This will bring revolution in society in no time and for the better. If women starts thinking others will have no choice but to start thinking!
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    rohan
    Aug 19, 2016 at 6:51 am
    Yet another Political Jumla !
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    S.R.darapuri
    Aug 20, 2016 at 6:10 am
    According to 2011 Census the total potion of Dalits is 20.14 Crores. As given out above there are there are more than 3,000 Dalit millionaires and more than 100 industrialists. lt;br/gt;According to Social-Economic Census- 2011 Dalits consute 21.53% of Rural House Holds. 6% of Rural Dalit Families are landless. 60% Dalit House Holds are poor and 30% of them are just manual labourers. With these statistics can we say that Dalits have become economically well off?
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    S.R.darapuri
    Aug 20, 2016 at 6:14 am
    Pl read 56% of Rural Dalit Families are landless in place of 6%.
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