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India must ensure social inclusion in its truest sense
Hindustan Times | Updated: Jan 28, 2016 22:08 IST

A student holds a banner and a photograph of Rohith Vemula. (PTI Photo)

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Many countries, including India, pursue a policy of affirmative action to ensure that
members of disadvantaged groups get enough opportunities and support to achieve
their goals. In keeping with this spirit, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the
enhancement of the authorised share capital of the National Scheduled Castes Finance
and Development Corporation (NSFDC) from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 1,200 crore. This will
enable the NSFDC to increase disbursements of funds to more Dalit borrowers, who
often don’t get enough credit to start their businesses. This move comes on the heels of
the announcement of the ‘Stand-up India’ programme that aims at promoting
entrepreneurship among 250,000 scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and women.
Despite legal safeguards and affirmative action, Dalits still face discrimination and
biases. The recent suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central
University and the explosive note that he left behind only shows the scale of challenge
that people with his kind of background continue to face in India. Even those who
manage to cross those hurdles and become entrepreneurs face a different set of
challenges. While access to credit is not that big a problem, the main hurdle is the gap
that exists between what is allocated and what reaches the beneficiaries since there is


West Bengal. The decision to hike the authorised share capital in NSFDC is a sound move.hindustantimes.com/editorials/india-must-ensure-social-inclusion-in-its-truest-sense/story-dUiaQNgVwbZzHalKmGF8NK. It comes at a time when the Vemula case has damaged the BJP. But while affirmative action for budding entrepreneurs of the nature that the government has envisaged is required.html 2/2 . sanctioned by those in positio http://www. pervasive and in many cases. it must ensure that the road to becoming an entrepreneur is cleared of biases. As a starter. Tamil Nadu and Punjab which have a sizeable chunk of Dalit population. Even if they get the capital. there is always the difficulty in securing land and providing collateral security for bank loans. especially ahead of elections in Uttar Pradesh. this means accepting and understanding what Vemula tried to say in his last letter that the biases are deep rooted.2/1/2016 India must ensure social inclusion in its truest sense | editorials | Hindustan Times often diversion of funds meant for specific social groups.