THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy unveiled the ‘Samunnathi’ logo of Kerala State Welfare Corporation for Forward Communities in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. In his address, the CM urged the communities to unite with an aim to ensure justice for all. He said that if viable projects are put forward, people can avail loans for up to `3 lakh from the fund of `10 crore which the government has set aside for micro-finance schemes.
Finance Minister K M Mani who inaugurated the ‘Samunnathi’ educational scholarship distribution said that a data bank of members from forward and backward communities in the state might be created and he stressed on the need for youngsters to take up entrepreneurship.
“Financial support is no big a barrier as Government and banks are ready to offer loans to youngsters who are ready to be entrepreneurs. They need to devise a new functional style and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship,” he said.
The Minister along with Health Minister V S Sivakumar distributed ‘Samunnathi’ scholarships to students pursuing post graduation, graduation, diploma courses and those in higher secondary and high school classes.
The programme was presided over by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. On the occasion, Civil Service winner and brand ambassador of ‘Samunnathi’, Dr Renu Raj was honoured by the Chief Minister.