Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has called on officials to close all loopholes in allocating industrial sites to Dalit entrepreneurs as per the quota announced in 2009. This was announced after a delegation from the Association of Dalit entrepreneurs from Karnataka met with Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday.
He instructed the Additional Chief Secretary (Department of Industries), Secretary of Social Welfare Department and Managing Director of KIADB to submit land audit report and shortfall in land allocation shall be resolved within the stipulated time. Association members said that 60% of industrial sites for SC/ST contractors are assigned to district-level one-stop committees and 40% to state-level committees. Since the cost of the project for many contractors will be less than Rs 15 crore, the allocation percentage at the district level can be increased.
In response to this, the CM ordered action to be taken for the allocation of 70% at the district level and 30% at the state level. The members of the association asked the CM to order KSFC to consider the actual cost of the industrial land as collateral when granting the loan. The CM said it would make the decision after discussing it with the finance ministry.
Bommai promised to consider their request in the next budget on extending wage incentives if a minimum of 10 SC/ST employees work in industries run by Dalit entrepreneurs. Minister of Social Welfare and Underprivileged Classes Kota Srinivasa Pujari, Chairman of Dalit Entrepreneurs Association of Karnataka L. Hanumanthaiah, Acting Chairman CGSrinivasan, Principal Secretary CM N.Manjunath Prasad, ACS (Department of Trade and Industries ) Dr.EVRamanareddy, Secretary of Finance Department Ekroop Kaur, Social Secretary of Social Affairs Department P.Manivannan and others were present. (ANI)
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