CM Bommai has promised to create hostels to accommodate 5000 students next year.
Among other schemes, several existing student-centred programmes received financial aid in the event that was organised in the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Mar. 23, 2023. These schemes were, according to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, specifically targeted at farmers and drivers.
Swami Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (SVYS) scheme was the first to be addressed at the event. K C Narayana Gowda, Karnataka Sports Ministers said that there are 12,000 running Yuva self-help groups, among which, more than 9500 sanghas have been registered. The scheme was launched last year to create self-help groups among the youth. Upon registration, each sangha has received Rs. 10,000 with an additional Rs. 1,00,000 support from the government. The groups will also receive a Rs. 5,00,000 loan from banks. Banks have received proposals from around 676 projects to date.
Sanju Jerome David, Investment and Due Diligence Manager at Vision Karnataka Foundation said that the SVYS scheme has been helpful. The organisation works with the youth under the scheme. He said, “For groundwork, the group had identified around six lakh unemployed youth that needed help. It brings various start-up ideas to people who may not have the facilities or money to start a project by them. People approach them, or vice versa, and project training is initiated.” The first training session by the foundation was around two months ago.
In addition, under the Vidyanidhi scheme, several students received cheques. Daughters of auto and taxi drivers like Anusha R, Sahana, Suchita and Harshita P were recipients of the grant.
Chief Minister Basararaj Bommai mentioned that children of auto and taxi drivers from both schools and colleges have received a grant of Rs. 2,500 – Rs. 11,000. Furthermore, the current hostel strength of 1000 students will be increased by 5,000 in the upcoming year
The government has approved the plan for building 50 hostels and it is already under construction. Another five mega hostels are to be constructed in Dharwad, Mangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga and Bangalore. These hostels are constructed for the benefit of backward classes. In total, the chief minister expects to increase the student capacity limit by 5000.
In the same event, other schemes also received grants. Wool trade will receive a major boost because the government plans to increase market prices. More initiatives are to be launched in the future.
Women self-help groups (SHGs) also received financial aid from the government. Around 20,000 SHGshave received Rs. 50,000. Another Rs. 100 crores are going to be released for 20,000 more self-help groups. Eventually, the chief minister said that the government will release Rs. 500 crores for Rs.1,00,000 to the SHGs.
Communities of potters, cane weavers, Vishwakarma, weavers and blacksmiths are to receive Rs. 50,000 as well.
The students present at the event did not have such a positive opinion of the event. Tahir, an athlete, said that only 40 percent of the promises are delivered.