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Funds for SC/STs to come under separate sub-heads

The fund allocations meant for scheduled castes (SC) and schedule tribes (ST) will be put under separate subheads for the first time in the forthcoming union budget.

delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2011 22:46 IST
Varghese K George

The fund allocations meant for scheduled castes (SC) and schedule tribes (ST) will be put under separate subheads for the first time in the forthcoming union budget.

The union budget is scheduled to be presented on February 28 by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

As of now, the SC sub-plan (SCSP) and the ST sub-plan (STSP) is merged into the budget of individual ministries, leading to diversions of funds and sub-optimal usage.

The union government policy entails 16.2% of its budget earmarked under these sub plans and this year the amount could be in the range of R 45,000 to 50,000 crore.

A Planning Commission task force under Dr Narendra Jadhav has recently recommended a slew of measures to ensure “effective and meaningful” implementation of these sub- plans.

Union minister for social justice and empowerment Mukul Wasnik had taken the issue of streamlining the implementation of SCSP and STSP up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

As per recommendations of the task force, the ministry of social justice will also be reviewing the implementation of sub-plans by all ministries.

The task force has also divided ministries and departments into four categories based on their mandated requirement for spending under sub-plans - this ranges from social justice ministry that will spend 72.5% of its budget to information technology department that will spend only 2%.

Some sectors such as heavy infrastructure are exempt since the beneficiaries cannot be categorised. In the 16.2%, more than 14% will divided among ministries and the rest —around R7,000 to 8,000 crore — will be kept with the Planning Commission as a corpus for the sub plans.

“This money will be available for any ministry that comes up with a special project under the sub plans,” a government source said.