Hyderabad: Union Minister Jual Oram on Friday advised scheduled castes and tribes to become smart enough to avail bank loans to become successful entrepreneurs.
Though people belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes get reservation in education, jobs and politics, they are not “treated” on par with others in terms of knowledge and talent, the Minister for Tribal Welfare said at the maiden National Tribal Entrepreneurs Conclave 2018, here.
The government would encourage tribal entrepreneurs through various schemes, he added.
“We should become entrepreneurs, we should become intelligent. We should become smart. We should gain information. Information is power. Those who possess information, they control power,” he said.
“Who prevented you from being smart? Who asked Adivasis not to influence the system? Who prevented you from influencing bankers,” Oram asked.
He then went on to say, “You people criticise Vijay Mallya. But what is Vijay Mallya? He is smart. He employed some intelligent people. He did something here and there with bankers, politicians, government.”
The minister later clarified that he accidentally took Vijay Mallya’s name. “I should have taken someone else’s name. I should not have taken his name, it was my mistake,” he clarified.
The minister said some of the SC and ST people shy away from disclosing their title or surname fearing disparity in society.
The minister advised them not to do so and told them that these communities would also thrive running businesses.