Mumbai: Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata on Saturday said India Inc should assist small entrepreneurs, especially those from the Dalit community, to become global entrepreneurs.

"We should all assist in letting small enterprises, especially those from the Dalit community, to become big and global enterprises.

"Everyone in the country should help the young entrepreneurs and help them share the prosperity of the country," Tata said at a trade fair organised by the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries here.

The two-day national trade fair focusing on Dalit entrepreneurs -- first ever -- began on Friday. It is supported by Tata Group, Godrej Group and industry body CII.

The Tata Group Chairman also said the corporate India should use products manufactured by small enterprises and also help them increase their exports.

"I am happy to endorse and support the cause of the Dalit entrepreneurs," Tata added.

Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej had on Friday appealed to the corporate India to help Dalit entrepreneurs as a part of the corporate social responsibility.

Nearly 200 Dalit entrepreneurs from Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have participated in the trade fair.

DICCI Chairman Milind Kamble on Saturday said objective behind the fair was to prove that the dalit community was not just a seeker, but also a giver.

"We have been fighting the caste system for long. But now we want a Tata, a Birla and an Ambani among us. We want to embark on a movement to create Dalit capital," he said.

Kamble said the association of companies like Tata and Godrej with the DICCI had not only given inspiration to the young entrepreneurs but had raised the status of its members.

"It is easy to get Prime Minister here for an event. But when industrialists like Tata and Godrej come here, it gives a sense of confidence to young entrepreneurs and also raises their standard in the society," he said.

(Agencies)