The Punjab government has allocated a dedicated fund of Rs 2113.09 crore for the welfare of scheduled castes, backward classes and for the other economic weaker sections of the society besides issuing strict directions for speedy and proper implementation of SC sub-plan and welfare schemes in the state.
Stating this here on monday, SC/BC welfare minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said that the state government would strictly implement the SC Sub Plan in the state to provide benefits of the scheme at ground level.
He said in the budget for current 2012-13 session Rs 1284.62 crore out of total 2113.09 crore would be spent through welfare department under various welfare schemes while the Finance Department would control the remaining Rs 824.47 crore, which would be spend on the development of basic infrastructure to be provided to the beneficiaries.
Speaking about the already existing welfare schemes for the different sections of the society, Ranike said 'the SAD-BJP government is successfully running the welfare schemes for SC/BCs, Minorities and other economically weaker sections of the society including shagun scheme, scholarships, free power and pensions'.
He said that the state government had been providing Rs 15,000 financial help as Shagun to the girls belonging to SC/BC communities, Christians and economically weaker families of other communities.
He said that the state government had made the process of getting Shagun easier by disbursing the amount directly in the bank account of beneficiary and added that now the applicants would have to submit their applications before 15 days of marriage.
The minister asserted that the state government was particular for the speedy and proper implementation of welfare schemes so no carelessness would be tolerated.
Necessary directions in this regard had already been issued to all principal secretary, commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioners and other concerned officers, he added.