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Minorities urged to take benefits of Start-Up India Action Plan, other govt schemes
Sunday January 31, 2016 0:42 AM, Staff Reporter

A business meeting called to discuss the problems faced by the minorities coming under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector on Friday endorsed 'Start-Up India Action Plan’, and simultaneously issued a strong appeal to the minorities to take benefits from the recently launched initiative for economic growth and empowerment.

“Minorities in India must take the advantages of the Start-Up India Action Plan’ recently released by Prime Minister Modi for economic empowerment”, Tauseef Malik, Indian American founder of Muslim Spelling Bee said at the summit organized by

M Afzal Baig, the in-charge of Jamat-e-Islami’s Business Development Cell also made similar appeal and expressed concern over lack of awareness among the Muslims vis-à-vis government schemes.

Participating in the debate, Aleem Faizee, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Awaz Multimedia & Publications, shared the key highlights of the ‘Start-up India Action Plan’ with the entrepreneurs present in the summit.
Aleem Faizee also briefed the audience about Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) and various initiatives included under the scheme for training, skill development and placement.

Earlier, the summit began with the inaugural address by Danish Riyaz, Managing Director, who while welcoming the entrepreneurs urged them to use the summit as a platform to share ideas and opportunities which can result in economic empowerment of the weaker sections of the society, especially the minorities.

The inaugural address was followed by key-note presentations by Sharique Nisar, Founder of Shariah Compliance Advisory Board TASIS, Ashraf Muhammadi of Rehbar Financial Consultancy and Nasir Mehdi, a training provider for entrepreneurship development.

While Sharique Nisar shared the important statistics of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector and highlighted the challenges faced by the entrepreneurs, Ashraf Muhammadi and Nasir Mehdi in their respective presentations highlighted the available opportunities with the help of success stories and case studies.

The summit also saw a useful and inspiring speech by Haroon Mozawala, a Mumbai based businessman and member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) who also runs a charitable trust. Mozawala showcased the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who is also known for his entrepreneur skills, and highlighted the importance of transparency, hard work, commitment, honesty, trust as key factors for the success of any business or trade.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Patankar, Mohammad Salim Kazi of Bait-un-Nas’r and MQ Syed of Exhicon while participating in panel discussion shared valuable experiences of their respective fields with the audience.

On the occasion, also awarded Syed Zafar Mehmood of Zakat Foundation, businessman VR Sharif and IT professional Syed Manzar to recognize their services. While Syed Zafar Mehmood was conferred with CSR Award for community service, VR Sharif and Syed Manzar were given Best Industrialist Award and Innovation Award respectively.

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