Dalit entrepreneurs to get special focus in new industrial policy: Yediyurappa
‘It will lay stress on providing more benefits to them’
Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday said the upcoming industrial policy of the State would have a special focus on Dalit entrepreneurs and their industries.
The State government was formulating on a new industrial policy which would lay stress on providing more benefits for Dalit entrepreneurs, he said.
The Chief Minister said the government would also lay down a policy framework to ensure more jobs for Kannadigas in the State. He was speaking at an awareness programme organised by Karnataka State SC/ST Entrepreneurs and Industrialists’ Association here.
Responding to complaints by Dalit businessmen on declining credit line in the State, he said he would direct officials to approve their credit by taking industrial sites as security and not cite the issue of non-performing assets (NPAs) to deny credit.
Earlier, C.G. Srinivasan, working president of the association, complained that Dalit entrepreneurs were not only being denied credit by the Karnataka State Financial Corporation citing mounting NPAs, but they were also being ill-treated. He complained that same was the case at KIADB and KSSIDC, and added that their patience was running out.
Expelled BSP leader N. Mahesh said several leaders, including the Chief Minister, who spoke at the event failed to address the issue of ill-treatment of Dalit businessmen in government institutions and said this needs to be corrected at the earliest.
The Chief Minister promised that the rebate in allocation of industrial shed to Dalit entrepreneurs, now pegged at 50%, would be increased to 75%, a demand also put forth by the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the programme. Mr. Siddaramaiah said he would support all the demands of the association and suggested that the government hold regular review meetings on disbursal of funds earmarked for SC/ST communities under the sub-plans.
Courtesy: The Hindu