Haryana Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (HSCFDC) has granted financial assistance of over Rs.13.76 crore including about Rs. 2.25 crore as subsidy to 3,034 beneficiaries under various schemes being implemented by the Corporation sofar during the current financial year.
While stating this here today, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mrs. Geeta Bhukkal said that members belonging to Scheduled Castes were being provided loans under various categories to enable them to set up their ventures. These categories included agriculture and allied, industrial, trade and business, professional and self-employment sectors. Financial assistance under schemes assisted by National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) and National Safai Karamcharis Finance Development Corporation (NSKFDC) was also being provided to them.
The Minister said that under agriculture and allied sector, over Rs. 5.5 crore as loan for dairy and piggery farming, sheep rearing, piggery farming and jhota buggi or camels cart or mule cart were given to 1585 beneficiaries upto September, this year. Out of which, more than Rs 4.53 crore had been released as bank loan, Rs.96.27 lakh as subsidy and Rs.1.18 lakh as margin money.
Mrs. Bhukkal said that the Corporation had provided Rs.73.71 lakh to 144 beneficiaries under industrial sector scheme and more than Rs 6.43 crore to 1210 beneficiaries under trade and business sector. Similarly, Rs.6.95 lakh had been released under professional and self employment sector. She said that financial assistance of Rs 73.9 lakh and Rs.26.71 lakh was released by the corporation under the schemes assisted by NSFDC and NSKFDC respectively during the same period. Out of this a sum of Rs.13.2 lakh was shared by the HSFDC.
Giving details about number of beneficiaries, the Minister said that district Sirsa is on top where 382 members belonging to Scheduled Castes were benefitted followed by Hisar with 315 beneficiaries. Similarly, financial assistance was provided to 128 beneficiaries in district Ambala, 223 in Bhiwani, 74 in Faridabad, 200 in Fatehabad, 156 in Gurgaon, 130 in Jhajjar, 201 in Jind, 219 in Kaithal, 117 in Karnal, 150 in Kurukshetra, 104 in Mahendergarh, 60 in Mewat, 68 in Palwal, 14 in Panchkula, 93 in Panipat, 120 in Rewari, 70 in Rohtak, 88 in Sonipat and 122 in district Yamunanagar.
She urged the members belonging to Scheduled Castes to take best possible advantage of the schemes being implemented by the Central and State governments to enhance their socio-economic status.