The three-day meet to promote women entrepreneurs from SC/ST and minority segments began here on Tuesday. Being organised by Hyderabad-based, Mission of Abhyudaya, a voluntary organisation, the meet is aimed to enlighten women from the backward communities on entrepreneurship.
Speaking to The Hindu Y. Katam Raju of Mission of Abhyudaya, said, there are many schemes designed by the government to suit women entrepreneurs from the SC/ST and minority segment, but the target audience is not aware of them.
“This meet is organised to create awareness as well as educate them on various entrepreneurial options. So far no department has made any serious attempt to take the schemes to them,” he said.
Addressing over 200 aspiring women entrepreneurs, District Industries Centre Deputy Director Naveen Kumar said, the government gives about 50 per cent subsidy on land to SC/ST women who intends to set up a manufacturing industry.
Listing out various options, he advised the participants to look into micro and small units that deal with food products, plastic items, auto components, paper products and readymade garments. “Come with a clear proposal and we shall help you out in all aspects including how to get a loan from a bank,” he said.
Katam Raju said on Wednesday an all-party round table will be held to discuss issues such as atrocities against women, protection laws and solutions and how to become an entrepreneur.
The round table will be conducted at the Red Cross Society Building, Gandhi Nagar.
National Coalition for Strengthening of the Prevention of Atrocities Act and its Implementation, Chief Advisor, P.S. Krishnan is likely to chair the table.
Others who are likely to participate include Professor P. Santha Krishnan, Andhra Pradesh Commissioner of Industries Rajath Kumar, Commissioner, Right to Information Act, Lam Thantiya Kumari and local leaders across various political parties.
Three-day meet will conclude with a public meeting and cultural programme at Ambedkar Bhavan, Arundalpet.