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Government of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
03-December-2010 17:30 IST
Affirmative Action Plan for STs by Industry
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Shri. Tushar A. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs told that as per the information received from the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion,  the Industry Associations viz. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) have prepared a Voluntary Code of Conduct for member companies wherein stress has been laid on equal opportunities in employment for all sections of society, removing bias in employment to disadvantaged sections through skill upgradation, continuous training and providing scholarships etc.

                        The details of the action taken by the Industry Chambers during the last three   years in the fields of employment, entrepreneurship and education to the SCs/STs, including coaching centres, are  enclosed at Annexure-I.

                        A Coordination Committee on Affirmative Action (AA), constituted by Government of India,  monitors its implementation. The Industry Chambers viz. ASSOCHAM, FICCI and CII are monitoring AA on behalf of the Industry.  The CII has also constituted a National Council on AA, headed by Dr. J.J. Irani, a past President of CII.

 

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Annexure-I

Statement Indicating Action taken by Industry during the last 3 years on Affirmative Action.

I-Affirmative Action by ASSOCHAM

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Action

1.

Created an exclusive body “THE ASSOCHAM Foundation for Inclusive Growth for SC/STs” to formulate, implement and monitor schemes for SC/ST youth. A “Task Force” has also been constituted to oversee initiative taken for Affirmative Action.

 

2.

1319 Middle Level and 1190 Executive Level SCs/STs have been imparted Skill Development Training.

 

3.

1000 SC/ST Students benefited under Entrepreneurship Development Programme and another 260 SC/ST women of Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) have been trained under the same programme.

 

4.

230 SC/ST candidates benefited under Skill Training programme for the Middle Level Executives at Gurgaon and Delhi.

 

5.

400 SC/ST candidates of Jharkand & Orissa have benefited under short term Courses for Skill Upgradation.

 

6.

745 persons benefited under Redeployment of Retrenched Workers programme.

 

7.

300 full free scholarships provided under Gifted Girls Scholarship Programme to orphan SC/ST girls to pursue Undergraduate and Postgraduate  studies through Rai Foundation. 

 

8.

105 ITIs have been adopted by constituent Chambers for upgradation.

 

9.

680 candidates to belonging to SC/ST/OBC community have been trained under Skill Upgradation & Entrepreneurship Development programme in Kanpur (U.P.) and out of them, 250 have started their own ventures.

 

10.

Industry partnered with NGOs to improve the level of primary education in 104 districts with pronounced population of SC/ST communities.

 

11.

Initiative has been taken by multiple stakeholders for providing education to ST children in remote tribal belts and about 10 lakh ST children are getting benefited under various educational schemes.

12.

250 SC/ST girls have been extended free education with boarding & lodging facilities through Rai Foundation.

 

13.

320 SC/ST students of Berhamput University (Orissa) benefited under Sponsored Coaching programme.

 

14.

2200 SC/ST candidates benefited though training under Coaching Centre Schemes and 1100 candidates are undergoing training.

 

15.

60 SC/ST women of Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) have benefited under Stitching Training programme for hilly women.

 

16.

117 SC/ST students benefited under sponsored English Learning & Computer Training Programme at Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar University (Lucknow).

 

17.

14750 candidates have been trained under skill Upgradation Programme by ASSOCHAM and its partners.

 

18.

100 Scholarships for SC/ST students provided for studying in prestigious institutions like IITs/IIMs etc.

 

19.

10 Universities will be identified for programmes covering 10000 SC/ST students with the objective of extending to 50 cities with a target of covering 50000 SC/ST students.

 

 

II-Affirmative Action by FICCI

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Action

1.

Ombudsman:  Mr. Y.K. Modi, Chairman of M/s Great Eastern Energy Corp. Ltd. and member of ILO Governing Body has been appointed as Ombudsman to oversee implementation of Affirmative Action.

 

2.

11000 SC/ST candidates have been imparted Skill Test Training in various trades to enhance employability.

 

3.

77 ITIs have been adopted by member companies.

 

 

4.

Sonbhadra (U.P.) with over 40% SC/ST population has been chosen for promotion of Skill Development and Sonhbadra Skill Development & Livelihood Promotion council has been formed.

 

5.

For improvement of employability, 5 (Five) villages of Sonbhadra (U.P.) with highest BPL index to be identified from each of the five Blocks of Myorepur, Babhui, Dudhi, Chopan & Nagwa.

 

6.

100 districts with more than 40% SC/ST population have been studied.  Out of which, 27 districts have been identified having necessary infrastructure of power, water – conducive to industrialization. Skill Development Programme will be undertaken in these 27 districts.

 

7.

For Adoption of ‘Coaching-cum-Guidance Centers’,  identification of industry members is under process in various regions for providing coaching to SC/ST candidates for appearing in various competitive examinations.

 

8.

Written letters for DGET and Principals of ITI’s to give priority to the SCs/STs in admission under 20% discretionary quota of the Institute Management Committee.

 

           

III- Affirmative Action by CII

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Action

1.

Total number of member companies under CII is 8054.

 

2.

Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) adopted by 696 companies.

 

3.

32922 candidates have been trained from SC/ST community through training modules under Employability Development.

 

4.

Out of 600 ITIs offered for adoption, 249 ITIs have been adopted by member companies (out of which 212 adopted ITIs have been approved by DGET and another 100 ITIs are in the pipeline).

 

5.

1812 Scholarships have been provided and 166 Scholarships have been funded by CII, HSBC & Tata for bright but poor SC/ST students of ITIs/NIITs through Foundation for Academic Excellence & Access (FAEA.)

 

6.

2709 candidates benefited under Entrepreneurship Development training and focused training provided to 270 youth through Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI)- which has resulted in 100 youth setting up their own enterprise and also provided employment to 249 SC/ST youth.

 

7.

Works Started in the adopted backward district of Nawashahar (Punjab) having over 40% SC/ST population on Skill Development. A Skill Development centre has been set up in chhindwara (M.P.)

 

 

8.

 

 

 

 

Improvement of Government Primary Schools in 104 districts:

Northern Region 

Southern Region

Western Region

MOU signed for adoption of 75 schools with 6326 beneficiaries. 159 Satya Bharti School and 104 Bharti  Libraries & Computer Centers are reaching out to 60740 students, of which over 50% are from SC/ST communities.

4 Schools with over 50% SC population  adopted by member companies in TN and also working in 2 Primary Schools in Andhra Pradesh.

25 member companies have agreed to support 14851 target beneficiaries.

 

9.

 

Mentoring /Financing Schemes for Bright SC/ST student trough School/College/Vocational Training:

Northern

Southern

Eastern

Western

16607 beneficiaries  targeted by member companies

Career guidance started in 2 Schools & 208 SC/ST students counselled. Scholarships to 210 PG students n Andhra Pradesh by a member company

14 beneficia-ries  under 1 year industrial training as per Apprenticeship requirement.

22 member companies agreed to support the Scheme for 722 target beneficiaries.

 

10.

 

Mid-Day Meal programmes in Backward Districts

Northern

Southern

Eastern

Western

115000 children are provided mid-day meal by member companies and 3 schools to be supported by 2 companies.

650 children are provided mid-day meal by a member company in Tamil Nadu.

One member company has undertaken mid-day meal programme in 50 primary schools.

31 member companies have committed to the programme.