Airavatha Scheme (Karnataka): Financial assistance & trainings by Uber for SC/ST Youth

The Social Welfare Department of Karnataka along with Uber has announced Airavatha Scheme (ಐರಾವತ-ಓಲಾ/ಉಬರ್) for unemployed youth from SC/ST community in the state. The scheme is meant to create employment / self-employment in the state. The Dr BR Ambedkar Development Corporation has signed-up an MOU with the cab provider Uber. The main objective of the scheme is to empower rural and semi-urban youth and empower Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families.

What is Airavatha Scheme? A Govt of Karnataka and Uber`s initiative to create self-employment opportunities for youth in the state.

Airavatha Scheme Objectives:

  • To create self-employment opportunities in the state
  • To boast micro-entrepreneurship amongst men and women in the state
  • To create more jobs in the state
  • For economic development

Airavatha Scheme Benefits:

  • Uber to train, provide mentoring and financial assistance
  • User to register beneficaries as driver partners on the Uber App
  • Beneficiaries can use the opportunities from Uber to earn there livelihood
  • Beneficiaries will be provided assistance for loans and financing
  • Government will provide financial grant of Rs. 5 lakh each to the identified beneficiaries from the SC/ST community

Eligibility or Who can apply?

  • Youth from the scheduled caste
  • The scheme is applicable only in Karnataka
  • Unemployed youth from SC/ST communities in the state only can apply

Airavatha Scheme: Important Dates

  • Application begins on: 2nd October 2018
  • Last date of application: 31st October 2018

Airavatha Scheme: How to apply online?

  • Online application form for the Airavatha Scheme are available at /
  • CLICK HERE to go to the Social Welfare Department official website.
  • Click on Sign In/Register link.
  • If you are already registered then login with your login details else register first and login.
  • Follow the instructions and open application for Airavatha Scheme.
  • Fill in the complete form and upload scanned copies of the documents if required.
  • Submit the application.

Airavatha Scheme Key Highlights & Implementation:

  • Uber and Govt of Karnataka will identify 500 beneficiaries in the first phase under the initiative and then expand the scheme in the other parts of the state.
  • Uber`s goals is to create a fleet of 4,500 cabs in Karnataka state.
  • Marginalized and vulnerable youth from the SC/ST communities to benefited with the scheme.
  • KA government to invest Rs. 225 crore for the scheme.
  • Cities supported under the scheme: Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi and Mangaluru.
  • Te scheme is primarily meant for the youth for the Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.
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