Monday, March 12, 2012

[ZESTCaste] ‘Buying goods from SSIs run by SC/ST must’

'Buying goods from SSIs run by SC/ST must'
Gulbarga, Mar 10,2012, DHNS:

To boost economic empowerment, the Central government has made it
mandatory for all its departments to buy products and avail services
from enterprises run by SC/STs, a move stated to be a major departure
from its procurement policy.

Announcing this to mediapersons in the City on Saturday, Union
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik said every
year the Central government procures goods and avails of services from
enterprises to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakh crore. Of this 20 per cent of
procurement amounting to Rs 35,000 crore is made from small scale

However, now it has been made mandatory to purchase 20 per cent of
goods from small scale industries run by SC/STs, thus enabling them to
earn to the tune of Rs 8,000 crore every year, he said.

"The policy initiative has been taken to ensure economic empowerment
and enhance socio-economic status of dalit entrepreneurs in the
country," Wasnik said.

The minister had arrived in the City to inaugurate the women's hostel
building of Dr Ambedkar Arts and Commerce College and Siddhartha Law
College run by the Karnataka People's Education Society headed by
Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Rs 68 lakh
towards the construction of the hostel building.

The Union government has hiked the amount of scholarships awarded to
Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and minorities benefiting as
many as 75 lakh students, the minister said.


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