Andhra Pradesh

Strive to become industry captains, Dalit youth told

Mannam Madhusadan Rao, founder of MMR Group of Industries on Thursday urged youngsters from the Dalit communities to turn challenges into opportunities in furthering successful businesses.

Addressing a Dalit entrepreneurs meet here, Mr. Rao said, “Dalits have a significant presence in politics, bureaucracy, and other professions. We should not satisfy ourselves by getting government jobs. Now it is our turn to become captains of industry and trade,” he said.

“Dalits are hard working yet many have not matured to become industrialists despite concessions extended by the Union and State governments. The situation calls for an attitudinal change in Dalits,” he said.

Mr. Rao, also the State president of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), while sharing the vision of DICCI Chairman Milind Kamble to produce 100 Dalit billionaires, said DICCI would help them raise funds for ventures, provide technical advice and support to market products, besides sorting out issues with the government.

Appeal to women

Mr. Rao, whose company is into telecom infrastructure, wanted Dalit women to take to dairying in a big way as it promised good returns. “You have the capacity to start an enterprise and persevere till the end and succeed. My mother and sister are my inspiration,” he said.

Mr. Rao, a diploma holder in civil engineering, recalled his start as a construction worker before turning a contractor for laying cables for telecom majors such as Vodafone, Airtel and Tata Telecom and later making it big as a businessman.

The Swachh Bharat campaign offered huge scope for enterprising Dalits to bag contracts to scientifically dispose municipal waste, he said.

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