CII speaks of progress in affirmative action

April 1st, 2008 - 10:23 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) A leading industry chamber Tuesday said it had trained some 22,500 members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and enhanced their skills in response to a call on affirmative action from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “A code of conduct has also been drawn up that has been adopted by 579 members,” said Jamshed J. Irani, chairman of the Council for Affirmative Action set up by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The apex chamber said it had successfully placed 1,594 candidates in the process to becoming entrepreneurs and that a few have already made small beginnings.

“It is hoped that a large number of these people would establish themselves as successful entrepreneurs in the years to come,” said Irani, adding the efforts were in response to the prime minister’s call on inclusion.

He also had a note of caution. Since the problem of discrimination in India was complex and historically entrenched, the results would be slow in being visible, since industry’s ability to make a difference was limited in absolute numbers.

“Industry would always play a supplementary role to the government’s initiatives in this area.”

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