Punjab SC and BC welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Friday accused the previous Akali government of diverting funds made available by the Centre under the Scheduled Castes sub-plan for other purposes during its rule of 10 years.
Dharamsot said the Central government releases financial assistance for the economic well being of SC families living below poverty line under special centrally sponsored scheme. “As per the scheme, a subsidy of Rs 10,000 was given for self-employment apart from implementation of skill development programmes,” he said in a statement, giving details of utilisation.
The minister said a total of Rs 10 crore was spent out of Rs 17 crore provided by the Central government for the year 2007-08 under SC sub-plan of the state. Only Rs 7 crore out of Rs 17 crore during 2008-09, Rs 5 crore out of Rs 20 crore during 2009-10 and Rs 10 crore out of Rs 28 crore during 2010-11 were spent.