Jobs cut at Covid, rush for self-employment assistance from Telangana government | Hyderabad News
HYDERABAD: A record 1.7 lakh of requests for help with self-employment programs flooded the Telangana Scheduled Caste Cooperative Development Corporation Limited, mostly with people who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Funding requests for setting up mini manufacturing units such as cardboard plates, turmeric powder machines, harvesters, laundries, shoe making units, belt sets, bass poultry -court, ready-made confections and clothes, among others, poured in.
The state government has allocated Rs 780 crore to the company for a self-employment program which would be sufficient to fund around 22,000 beneficiaries.
TOI spoke to people who applied for the program after the state government said it would expand financial support to all eligible applicants, keeping in mind the impact of Covid-19 on the livelihoods of many people.
Katam Naresh, a resident of Mittapalli village in Tallada Mandal in Khammam district, said he worked at a Tiffin center which closed its shutters during the lockdown and never reopened. “I passed the intermediate level and I used to do invoicing. It is difficult to find a job today because the market has not fully recovered. I want to create a mobile tiffin center myself and I am confident that I will get the financial support from SC Corporation, ”he said.
Byagari Surekha, who previously worked in a cement brick kiln in Sanga Reddy, said after a large number of Odisha workers returned home due to the pandemic, the kiln was shut down.
“So I decided to create my own business and I am looking for funding to create a mini dairy. I will buy four dairy animals and supply milk to the state government that runs the Vijaya dairy, ”Surekha said.
Surekha has two children and her husband is a car driver who was left out of work during lockdown.
Penki Venkatesh from the village of Yerragunta near Kothagudem wants to buy a car and turn it into a taxi. “If it didn’t work in the district, I would come to Hyderabad and tie my car to private aggregators,” he said.
Another youth wants to set up a mini dal and rice flour mill in Ankapur village in Adilabad district.
That was the response as officials said they plan to ask for a budget increase to cover more young people through self-employment programs in rural areas.
“The company gives a 60% loan subsidy. The SC company would need a budget of Rs 9,000 crore to provide financial aid to each of the 1.71 lakh applicants, ”said a senior official, adding that many requests will have to be rejected.