Addressing dalit entrepreneurs here, he said: "80,000 borrowers have benefited from the scheme under which more than Rs 50,000 crore worth of loans have been given primarily to SC, ST, OBCs and women entrepreneurs who are engaged in small business and provide jobs to about 14 crore persons."

Speaking at the National Conference of SC/ST Entrepreneurs on BR Ambedkar's ideas and thoughts on industrialisation and entrepreneurship, PM Modi said it was quite difficult earlier for SC/ST entrepreneurs to get loans from banks.

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Under Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY), loans between Rs 50,000 and Rs 10 lakh are provided to small entrepreneurs as an initiative to fund the unfunded. "Financial inclusion is at the core of the government's focus, which is to create job-creators, not job-seekers," he said, adding that the strength of a pyramid depends on its base and the people at the base need to be empowered so that they can strengthen the Indian economy.
    
PM Modi hailed Babasaheb Ambedkar's contributions, saying that he was not only the architect of the Indian Constitution, but also an accomplished economist. "Babasaheb rightly said that industrialisation will give maximum benefit to our Dalit sisters and brothers," he said, adding that people participating in the function pay crore of taxes and employ lakhs of youth.

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