Disabled Entrepreneur Awarded by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

Basanti Rana, a physically-challenged woman from Jaraka in Jajpur district, received the BYST-TSL Business Excellence Award from veteran legislator and current Vice-President, Venkaiah Naidu, for her unmatched brilliance as a rural entrepreneur.

Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), a non-governmental organisation, in partnership with Tata Steel is undertaking a programme in Jajpur district wherein they mentor the ‘grampreneurs’- entrepreneurs from rural areas and slums that make a difference. The award is conferred to the best entrepreneurs out of the lot.

Naidu, while giving away the award, was all praise for Rana, and remarked, “Hats off to the physically challenged woman for providing training and running an enterprise”. Rana, presently thirty-five, is an arts graduate and hails from a poor family. Armed with stitching and tailoring skills from school days, she opened a training centre in her village for girls and women in 2011.

In 2014, after being discovered by BYST, she helped secure funds and loans to the tune of ₹1 lakh, which propelled her small training centre to success. Today, she receives a considerable number of orders and in the process of pushing her family out of poverty, has made several poor women from the community financially independent.

In 2017, this mother of two children had participated in a fair in New Delhi. She had caught the eye of President Ram Nath Kovind, who visited her stall and appreciated her venture.

Upon receiving the award, Rana said, “Today is a special day of my life because I got an award from none other than Vice-President. I will expand my business and train more people to make them self-reliant”.