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Diversion of SC/ST fund for other Purpose

The 2017 Budget Is Taking SC/ST Welfare BackwardsBYON02/02/2017 • 1 COMMENT

mount o A amount of the already inadequate budgeted expenditure is on non-targeted schemes, which are barely useful for the development of SC/ST communities. A hoarding on the Budget 2017-18 put up at Parliament house in New Delhi on the day of the Budget presentation. Credit: PTI/Manvender Vashist The Union Budget 2017-18 marks a paradigm shift in budgeting for the development of SCs and STs communities, not only with the merger of plan and non-plan categories but also by moving away from the sub-plan policy of a targeted budget. Analysis of the Budget from a Dalit and Adivasi perspective reveals a drastic change in the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) component of the Budget, which have been replaced by ‘allocations for welfare of  Scheduled Castes’, under statement 10A, and ‘allocations for welfare of  Scheduled Tribes’, statement 10B. This move comes despite the suggest…


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