Union minister of welfare and social justice, Mukul Wasnik, has heard about the new Dalit crorepati club and met a couple of its members but steers clear of speaking much about them. Instead, he spells out his government’s agenda for scheduled castes. Excerpts:
What do you think of the Dalit crorepati club?
They are examples of people who have done well by embracing the opportunities that came their way. I hope they serve as role models and I think opportunities must be made available to SC entrepreneurs so that avenues open in the industry for more of them to join.
For the last three years, the government has left it to the industry to implement affirmative action. But numbers are hard to come by. It is evident that the industry is fighting shy of it.
It is a part of corporate social responsibility to make the workplace more inclusive. It was the chambers of industry which decided on voluntarily implementing affirmative action. But real affirmative action must be...