Under Airavatha Scheme, cars distributed to Dalit youngsters
Mysuru: The first batch of 94 cars under the self-employment scheme ‘Airavatha’ for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe youths were distributed by district minister GT Devegowda on Friday.
The social welfare department has decided to provide 5,000 taxis to youths in the state. As part of the scheme, 225 youths were selected from Mysuru district.
After distributing the taxis to the youths at JK Grounds, minister Devegowda said that 94 taxis were distributed in the first phase and the remaining will be distributed in the second phase.
“Under the scheme beneficiaries will be trained, counselled, and provided with financial support. Youths who have a taxi driving licence can avail the benefit,” he said.
Later Dr BR Ambedkar Development Corporation deputy general manager Rajesh G Gowda said that it is a special scheme where the government has partnered with private taxi service providers like Ola, Uber and others companies.
“The remaining taxis will be distributed soon and applications will be invited from youths to avail the benefit for 2019-20,” he said.
Incidentally, only one woman had applied for the scheme.
MLA L Nagendra said that such schemes will provide employment to youths and also promote tourism in the region.