A day’s Conference on "Emphasizing the need for Inclusive Growth" was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry - Southern Region (CII-SR) in Chennai, the main speaker at which was Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu. The objective of the affirmative action is introduction on the CII commitment to the national endeavour to ensure equal opportunity for those in need of sustainable livelihood enhancing people well-being through knowledge, innovation and transformative actions.
CII has taken a step further for this cause and building positive and favourable ecosystem for affirmative action in the country and formulated concrete steps for improving Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. N.K. Ranganath, Past Chairman - CII Tamil Nadu State Council, and MD, Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd., in his welcome address, said there should be an equal opportunity provided of level playing field for SC/ST youth and entrepreneurs for change and ensure social justice. CII, in partnering this effort, will come out more strategies.
Mr. Ravi Sam, Chairman - Sustainability, CSR & Affirmative Action Sub-Committee, CII-Southern Region, and MD, Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Ltd., in his thematic address, said the present SC/ST community requires job and skill development and not reservations. Education, employment and entrepreneurship by private companies and the corporate sectors in India will all get a big push. Robust action plan is formulated by the Government in pushing this campaign further. Social development is a must for policy, competition, international relations, etc.
Mr. B. Thiagarajan, Chairman - CII Maharashtra State Council, and JMD, Blue Star Ltd., in his special address, said inclusive growth is a must for this community as the CII as for more than decade taken this initiative under this leadership of Tata’s Muthuraman in designing this concept. Dalit entrepreneurship in companies, Mentoring Dalit Youth in HR planning, Scholarship for Dalit students, Self-employment for Rural Dalit Masses, are considered a ‘must’ for upgrading this initiative.
Mr. Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI), in his special address, said he is a first generation entrepreneur. Way-back in 2003, this Dalit Chamber was started. Currently it has its operation in five regions of India with 7,000 active members in spreading the knowledge in affirmative action agenda, setting in Vendor Development, Buyer-Seller Meet, Financial inclusion in different regions of India. The mapping and tracking needs to be created for the Market, Money, Mentorship, in promoting right from MSME and as per 2017 data 536 crores procurement was allocated among 22,000 SC/ST entrepreneurship.
Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu, in his address as the Chief Guest, said he himself is an entrepreneur associated with Oil, Vanaspati and Cotton Mill company promoted by his father in Nagpur, Raipur, Pune and Vidharba districts, and he had undergone a lot of difficulties in running the company and giving out employment to a lot of people. The Union Government under Mr. Narendra Modi came out with Startup India, Standup India, MUDRA Bank Loans, and various other schemes to promote the SC/ST and under privileged community in the country.
He invited all the SC/ST youth to start business as this is the right time to become entrepreneurs, particularly startups, and expand their business and contribute towards inclusive growth of India’s economy.
Mr. S. Narasimhan, Co-Chairman - Affirmative Action Sub Committee, CII - Southern Region, and MD, Sattva Logistics Pvt. Ltd., proposed a vote of thanks.