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Rajesh Saraiya, India's first Dalit billioniare

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Mumbai, May 29: Rajesh Saraiya, who owns a multi-national company in Ukraine, SteelMont Pvt Ltd, that trades in metals is the first Dalit billionaire in India.

Belonging to a middle class family based in Dehradun, Rajesh completed his education in aeronautical engineering from Russia.

"People have to change from inside. They have to change their ideology, their mentality and look around the world for what is happening. There are so many opportunities," said Saraiya.

Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, whose sole purpose is to bring together Dalit businessman is an organisation which works for the betterment of Dalit businessmen in the country

Despite being a great accomplishment, the grim reality in the conditions of the marginalized sector has not changed in India. According to a report submitted by the National Commission for Enterprises in the unorganized sector in 2007, about 88 percent of Adivasis and Dalits in India, spend less than Rs. 20 a day.

"Dalits are second to none as far as intelligence and entrepreneurship is concerned. We only have to give them an opportunity," said J J Irani, who works as a Director with the Tata Sons at the conference at the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

"We have been trying to bring together Dalit businessmen since 2003. After 2005 we changed the name and formed the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries," added Milind Kamble, Chairman of DICCI.

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Mumbai North East Fact Check
Year
Candidate's Name Party Result Vote Vote Share Margin
2014
Kirit Somaiya BJP Winner 5,25,285 61% 3,17,122
Sanjay Dina Patil NCP Runner Up 2,08,163 24% 0
2009
Sanjay Dina Patil NCP Winner 2,13,505 32% 2,933
Kirit Somaiya BJP Runner Up 2,10,572 32% 0
2004
Ad. Kamat Gurudas Vasant INC Winner 4,93,420 53% 99,400
Kirit Somaiya BJP Runner Up 3,94,020 43% 0
1999
Kirit Somaiya BJP Winner 4,00,436 43% 7,276
Adv Kamat Gurudas INC Runner Up 3,93,160 42% 0
1998
Gurudas Kamat INC Winner 5,25,911 51% 47,452
Pramod Mahajan BJP Runner Up 4,78,459 46% 0
1996
Pramod Mahajan BJP Winner 4,28,825 47% 1,91,563
Gurudas Kamat INC Runner Up 2,37,262 26% 0

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