Maharashtra govt launches four schemes for Maratha community
Five lakh youngsters from the community are expected to benefit from the initiative.Updated: Feb 03, 2018 00:34 IST
Against the backdrop of the ultimatum given by the Maratha community to relaunch its agitation if their demands are not met, the state government on Friday, launched four new schemes for the community for funding new businesses, group farming, small and medium scale businesses and skill development.
Five lakh youngsters from the community are expected to benefit from the initiative.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the schemes at the Sahyadri guest house, in the presence of ministers and leaders from the community. The schemes will train youngsters in developing skills in agriculture and industries, besides funding enterprising endeavours.
The state will bear the interest of the loans taken from various banks. Those active in the field of agriculture, small scale industries, self-help groups and farm product companies will also be eligible for the funding.
Besides funding, the government also chalked out a programme including 34 agricultural courses to empower the youth to use the latest technology in farming. The state is expected to spend Rs200 crore on the 16-month project.
The schemes have been launched under the aegis of the Annasaheb Patil Financially Backward Development Corporation (APFBDC) which was meant to promote enterprising skills among the youth from economically backward classes.
“We have been putting our foot down to ensure reservation for the Maratha community at the earliest. Besides extending the scholarships to 602 courses, the students have also been given the facility of the hostels at district levels. The four new courses will help in developing agricultural and industrial skills. The courses will help us in imparting training to 3.5 lakh farmers and youngsters,” Fadnavis said.
Narendra Patil, MLA and one of the conveners of the silent marches organised last year said, “We are happy that the government has launched the schemes as was announced after our August 9 rally. Though the schemes are open for all economically backward classes, the maximum number of beneficiaries would be from the Maratha community as other communities have their own corporations.”
The Maratha community outfits took out massive protest marches in major cities in the state from August 9, 2016 to August 9, 2017. The protests were discontinued after the Mumbai march when the government promised to fulfil their demands. The community has been demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on agriculture, dilution of laws framed to protect Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes among other things.