PM-SURAJ for Socially Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs

  • 14 Mar 2024

On 13th March, Prime Minister Modi virtually inaugurates the PM-SURAJ portal, providing credit support to marginalized entrepreneurs.

Key Points

  • Credit Disbursement: PM disbursed around Rs. 720 crore worth of credit to 1 lakh beneficiaries from marginalized communities across 500+ districts.
  • Purpose of the Portal: The PM-SURAJ portal serves as a one-stop point for disadvantaged individuals to apply for and monitor loan and credit schemes by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Facilitated Credit Support: Credit support will be facilitated through banks, NBFC-MFIs, and other organizations across the country.
  • Empowerment Efforts: PM highlighted various schemes aimed at empowering marginalized communities, including free ration, medical treatment, housing, and employment opportunities.
  • Goal of Saturation: The government aims for saturation in welfare schemes to ensure basic facilities reach the deprived segments of society.
  • Commitment to Inclusion: PM mentions initiatives like reservation in medical exams, constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, and the election of Dalit and Adivasi Presidents.
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion: The government supports entrepreneurship among SC and ST communities through schemes like the Standup India Scheme and the Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission.
  • Focus on Sanitation Workers: PM distributes Ayushman Health Cards and Personal Protective Equipment to sanitation workers under the NAMASTE scheme, emphasizing dignity and prosperity for women.