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My head hangs in shame over Dalit atrocities: PM Modi

The Hub for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe will help Dalits and Adivasis become entrepreneurs so that they can provide jobs to others, he said.

By: PTI | Ludhiana | Updated: October 18, 2016 7:19 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his “head hangs in shame” over incidents of atrocities on Dalits that take place even after 70 years of Independence and called for more focused efforts to correct social anomalies. Citing the example of Guru Gobind Singh in raising his voice against casteism and untouchability, Modi said: “We know that due to our societal anomalies, hearing out some incidents targeting our Dalit brothers even today, my head hangs in shame. After 70 years of Independence, we cannot wait longer”. At the launch of a National SC/ST Hub in Ludhiana, he said: “We will have to sharpen the focus of our direction. The aspirations of a Dalit or an Adivasi exceed those of other youth in the country. If they get an opportunity they will not lag behind in changing the fortunes of India.”

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The Hub for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe will help Dalits and Adivasis become entrepreneurs so that they can provide jobs to others, he said. Modi also mentioned that under the Startup India, Standup India scheme, 1.25 lakh branches of nationalised banks in the country have been directed to sanction loans up to Rs 1 crore to at least one woman, and one person each belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe categories, adding that the move can help create 3.75 lakh such entrepreneurs. The National SC/ST Hub, under the MSME Ministry, was announced in the Budget. With an initial outlay of Rs 490 crore, the hub will work towards strengthening market access/ linkage, monitoring, capacity building, leveraging financial support schemes and sharing industry-best practices.

It will also enable central public sector enterprises to fulfil the procurement target set by the government. The Public Procurement Policy 2012 stipulates that 4 per cent of procurement done by ministries, departments and CPSEs will have to be from enterprises owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs. “I have requested the state governments that 4 per cent should be procured from goods manufactured by Dalits to encourage them,” Modi said. The Prime Minister emphasised upon efforts to bring backward sections of the society into the centre of economic activity.

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  1. I
    Oct 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    Your neck should hang in shame. In how many movies would we stupid fools have seen a brutal human butcher politician speaking on stage like a saint. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We see that in real life in you. Political realty show by BUTCHER MODI.
    1. M
      Oct 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm
      Empowering Dalits with free vocational education and other economic schemes will be the answer. Quota/ration may stay for time being but these are not the right answer rather a burden in the long term.
      1. R
        Oct 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm
        Our nation hangs in shame because educated Mullahs like you still support Triple Talaq and such stone age rules. Educated Muslims like you use all comforts of life with good education but when it comes to reforming oneself or its religion...the educated mullah is back to stone age thinking... Educated Mullah talks w time of Gujarat riots, but conveniently forgets riots done by Mullahs in Bengal and other muslim dominated villages.... Educated Mullah talks of secularism w day, but when it comes to Mullahism there is no role of change or modifying.... Educated Mullah talks on Gujarat but never on Sikhs or others killed in India. Does Educated or uneducated Mullah talk anything else other than Mullahs and Mullahism? Are you the only ones living on this planet? Mullah bhai, throw away your apartment, mobile, computer, car everything and go and live stone age life....before you preach us what is shame and no shame.... Educated Mullah like you feels ashamed of Modi but has no Shame when a Owaisi says give us 10 mins and see how many Hindus we can kill.... Educated Mullah has no shame when his mullah kashmiris killed and threw away Pandits.... Where was this Educated Mullah then?? Oh sorry for Mullahs only they and themselves are important
        1. R
          Oct 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm
          Yes step by step we can and we will make India rich prosperous. Encouraging positive behavior like entrepreneurship will help all. Good going PM Modi!
          1. S
            Oct 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm
            Modi, a right person in wrong party.
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