The allocation for rural housing scheme Indira Awas Yojana, primarily meant to provide housing for SC/STs below the poverty line (BPL), was Rs 11,075 crore in the budget. Each BPL family gets Rs 45,000 as assistance in plains and Rs 48,500 in hilly areas.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee also raised the allocation for the National Social Assistance Programme by 37% to Rs 8,447 crore.
Under the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme for BPL beneficiaries, the monthly pension per person is raised from Rs 200 to Rs 300. The IGNWPS is implemented by the ministry of rural development under which pension is given to widows aged between 45 and 64 years.
The grant of Rs 10,000 provided under the National Family Benefit Scheme in event of death of the primary breadwinner of a BPL family has been doubled to Rs 20,000.
It is expected the state governments would match the Centre’s contribution.
A policy recently approved by the Centre required government bodies to make a minimum of 20% of annual purchases from Micro Small Enterprises (MSE). Now, 4% of this purchase has to be made from MSEs owned by scheduled caste/scheduled tribe entrepreneurs.