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Enhance Scheduled Castes Coverage In All Schemes: FM To PSBs

Sitharaman asked banks to make proper digital records for jobs being outsourced, especially for posts like Safai Karamcharis from 1 October

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked banks to enhance the coverage of Scheduled Castes (SCs) in all schemes. 

Sitharaman chaired the review of the performance of PSBs on credit and other welfare schemes for SCs with CMDs of the PSBs.

She advised Public Sector Banks (PSBs) heads to look into their needs for capacity building and entrepreneurship development as SCs constitute about 18 per cent of the total workforce of the banks and FIs.

Sitharaman asked banks to make proper digital records for jobs being outsourced, especially for posts like Safai Karamcharis from 1 October.

"Redressal of all pending grievances pertaining to the SC community may also be taken up in the special drive by DFS from 2 October," she said 

The Finance Minister said that the objective of the meeting was to bring all stakeholders on a common platform to work together in fulfilment of the rights enshrined in the Constitution for the upliftment and betterment of the people from the SCs. 

Sitharaman also observed that performance in schemes like the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) where 21 per cent of the credit-linked Self-Help Groups (SHGs) were SCs and in SVANIDHI, 19 per cent of the beneficiaries are SCs, is satisfactory.


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