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Social Welfare department to mentor 5,000 rural entrepreneurs

Priyank M Kharge said the government is looking at a scheme that not just provides financial assistance to rural entrepreneurs but also facilitates their training in business skills by drawing experts from different sectors.

BENGALURU: Giving a new dimension to its social welfare scheme, the government has decided to identify and mentor 5,000 rural entrepreneurs by roping in major retail players operating in the state.

Brainchild of social welfare minister Priyank M Kharge, the move is expected to not only boost employment prospects but also bridge the rural-urban divide while expediting growth of tier-2 cities. The social welfare department has urged business entities to join hands in its endeavour to achieve self-employment among people from rural and tier-2 areas by encouraging them to venture into small-scale retail business.

In fact, Kharge had recently tweeted: “The department is looking for partners/ mentors to encourage 5,000 rural retail entrepreneurs in our state. If keen to partner, please DM.”

Kharge said the government is looking at a scheme that not just provides financial assistance to rural entrepreneurs but also facilitates their training in business skills by drawing experts from different sectors. “The idea is to ensure stability in their business. The beneficiaries would launch small retail businesses like general stores with government support, and they would be mentored by the big companies,” said Kharge.

The government has already held talks with companies like Chai Point and is reaching out to other retail giants. Kharge said the scheme is all set to be announced in the state budget on Thursday.

[“Source-economictimes”]

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