Karnataka launches SC/ST entrepreneurship scheme

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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


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Samruddhi Scheme

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. The minimum age limit for a SC/ST youth is 21 and one must have an SSLC (10th standard) certificate.
  2. Selected beneficiaries can choose from about 200 specific skill sets and be trained by the private company.
  3. 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.
  4. Various grants of up to Rs 10 lakhs would be given to deserving youth after successful completion of training to open an outlet.
  5. This is a move away from traditional business loans as we saw a potential for misuse in the loans.
  6. These seed grants are secure and will directly reach the intended beneficiaries.

Bringing in more transparency

  1. 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.
  2. This brings in transparency to distribution of funds, and avoids misuse.
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