Welfare schemes for Christian converts in Kerala state

The Kerala State Development Corporation for Christian Converts from Scheduled Castes and the Recommended Communities Limited will soon launch a microfinance scheme for the benefit of the communities concerned. The corporation will also provide government and semi-government employees, belonging to the target communities, loans up to Rs.2 lakh. 

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Corporation chairman Shince Peter said the proposed scheme will be implemented by both Central and State Governments.
Various products that will be manufactured as part of the scheme will be put up for sale through margin-free shops that will be established for the purpose. These establishments would also serve to create employment opportunities for many women belonging to the communities, he said.

Mr. Peter also elaborated on the other projects that will be implemented soon. “As many as 100 youth will be provided autorickshaws during the Onam festival as part of the self-employment scheme of the corporation. A self-entrepreneurship scheme will also be introduced with the support of non-governmental organisations. A core-banking system will also be implemented in order to facilitate repayment of loans in rural areas. In addition, as many as 50 high-ranking students will be provided free entrance coaching from the next academic year.”

The corporation has also decided to felicitate students belonging to the christian communities who have performed well at the SSLC and Plus Two examinations. A.P. Anil Kumar, Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, will give away awards to the students at a function that will be held here on Friday.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will launch the redesigned structure of loans of the corporation.


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