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Centre for more facilities to ST people of NE: Athawale

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

today said the Centre wants to provide increased facilities to the North East for uplifting the condition of its Scheduled Tribe population.

Athawale, the of state for social justice and empowerment, acknowledged that the region needs more central funds, more employment avenues for its youths and more industries.

"My ministry wants to help the North East region as it has a large Scheduled Tribe population. We want to give increased facilities such as scholarships to students, venture capital for start-up companies and financial assistance for pilot training," he said.

Under the scheme, the Social Justice Ministry provides loans between Rs 20 lakh to 15 crore for limited companies, the said.

Athawale said his ministry also gives scholarships ranging from Rs 20 lakh to 60 lakh to SC-ST students' for studying abroad.

There were 2.68 crore differently abled population in the country and 4.8 lakh of them were in as per the 2011 census, Athawale said adding his ministry provides assistance to them in the form of appliances, wheelchairs and crutches for their rehabilitation.

The also said he held a meeting here during the day on the filling up of job backlogs for SC/ST and OBCs with officials of the government and several central public sector units.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:10 IST