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NCDHR urges Orissa Government to allocate more funds for upliftment of SCs/STs

by mudasser — last modified 2010-04-26 17:07

The General Secretary of National Campaign on Dalit Human Right (NCDHR), N Paul Divakar has threatened here on Saturday to lodge a case if the government fails to make a specific law for allocation of funds under special component plan(SCP) for SC category. He has even alleged saying that after 30 years of implantation of SCP fund allocation under state budget, the socio-economic condition of SCs/STs of state of Orissa to remain deteriorating is a shame.

Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar :

The General Secretary of National Campaign on Dalit Human Right (NCDHR), N Paul Divakar has threatened here on Saturday to lodge a case  if the  government fails to  make a specific law for allocation of funds under special component plan(SCP) for SC category. He has even alleged saying that after 30 years of implantation of SCP fund allocation under state budget, the socio-economic condition of SCs/STs of state of Orissa to remain deteriorating is a shame.

The General Secretary of National Campaign on Dalit Human Right (NCDHR), N Paul Divakar has alleged that SC and ST people have remained poor because Orissa government does not spend what it allocates in the budget for them.

In the vote on account budget recently passed in the assembly the government has allocated funds for SC/ST people in proportion to their population. But its record of spending far less than the actual amount allocated has been a concern for upliftment of the people belonging to these categories.

For example of 2009-10 annual budget, he  said while total plan outlay for the year was Rs 9924.12 crore, the amount allotted under Special Component Plan (SCP) for the SC category remained Rs 1492.18 crore which is only 15.04 per cent. “As per the norms of planning commission of India, the funds allocation under SCP should be in proportion to the concerned population of the category. As SCs constitute 16.53 per cent of the total population of Orissa, the budgetary allocation for the same would have been Rs 164.04 crore.

By allocating lesser amount the state government has denied Rs 148.27 crore to the people of this category.
Mentioning actual expenditure under some heads, he said that only nine to 10 per cent of allocated amount meant for SC category have been spent last year. While in the health and family department Rs 28.74 crore was allocated under SCP for SC, the actual amount spent directly for the development of the group was only 2.62 per cent.

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