Plans to develop entrepreneur skills among local people
The State-owned Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) has set in motion an initiative aimed at encouraging unemployed persons, mainly the youth of the coal belt, to set up ancillary units and emerge industrialists in their own areas.
The company approved the scheme at the fag-end of last year as part of its corporate social responsibility to foster industrialisation in the coal belt and create self-employment avenues for local people.
The scheme has been designed to benefit unemployed local people including members of the displaced families and retired SCCL employees of the coal belt spread across Khammam, Adilabad, Karimnagar, and Warangal districts.
It aims at developing entrepreneur skills among local people and enabling them to set up small-scale industries (SSIs). It envisages specific provisions to award ancillary unit status to SSIs established by local people for mutual benefit.
The initiative is also intended to improve availability of spare parts and meet the growing demand for spares and services due to large-scale mechanisation of the company.
As a prelude to the implementation of the scheme, the company has undertaken a publicity campaign across the coal belt to highlight the scheme and encourage eligible local people to make optimum use of it.
The scheme reflects the commitment of the company to welfare of the local people apart from its own employees and the comprehensive industrial growth of the entire coal belt, said SCCL Chief (Industrial Relations & Welfare) G Sridhar Reddy.
Speaking to The Hindu, he said, the board of directors of the company had identified 27 items to be procured from ancillary units initially. The list of the items would be updated from time to time based on the requirements of the company. Of the estimated Rs 100 crore worth quantity of these items presently being procured by the company from various industries per annum, about Rs 30 crore worth items could be procured from ancillary units, he said.
Mr Reddy said eligible persons would be provided training and subsidy from government departments for establishment of ancillary units.
An orientation session would be organised soon for those who enrolled their names with area personnel officers.