Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Particulars of the Samruddhi Scheme
Mains level: Promoting entrepreneurship skills to socio-economically backward youths
- The Karnataka social welfare department has officially launched ‘Samruddhi”, a programme that partners at least 30 private companies for skill development of youngsters from economically and socially backward sections.
- The K’taka government had data on the beneficiaries of similar grants in the past but there was no machinery to track the progress or utilization of these funds.
- The Samruddhi scheme follows the Unnati and Airavata schemes which also targeted socially marginalised communities and helped provide them skill development and alternate means of employment.
Particulars of the Scheme
- The minimum age limit for a SC/ST youth is 21 and one must have an SSLC (10th standard) certificate.
- Selected beneficiaries can choose from about 200 specific skill sets and be trained by the private company.
- They will be given a period of two months to show that they have the land or space for it, or have access to the same.
- Various grants of up to Rs 10 lakhs would be given to deserving youth after successful completion of training to open an outlet.
- This is a move away from traditional business loans as we saw a potential for misuse in the loans.
- These seed grants are secure and will directly reach the intended beneficiaries.
Bringing in more transparency
- The scheme aims to streamline grants given by the social welfare department to eligible beneficiaries and link them with industry to track the progress of such programmes.
- This brings in transparency to distribution of funds, and avoids misuse.