Punjab, Gujarat govts anti-Dalit: Surjewala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, HT Correspondent Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 23:46 IST

Ahead of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab, All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday attacked the BJP government in Gujarat and SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab terming the two as anti-Dalit.

Addressing a press conference here, Surjewala claimed that from year 2007 to 2014, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had not conducted any meeting of the committee that "reviewed the Scheduled Castes sub-plan".

The Congress leader said even the funds which were allocated under the sub-plan for the welfare of the Dalit community had not been utilised by the SAD-BJP government in past seven years.

"Funds to the tune of Rs 1172.23 crore in 2009-10, Rs 759.33 crore in 2010-11, Rs 1,420.93 crore in 2011-12 and Rs 1,368 crore in 2012-13 remained unspent. Why such a discrimination against the Dalits who form about 29 per cent of population in Punjab," he said.

He claimed that in Gujarat too no meeting of the committee constituted to review the schemes under the Scheduled Castes sub-plan in the past 11 years.
He further claimed that there was a backlog of 27,900 vacancies of SCs and STs in Gujarat.

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