Delhi Budget Analysis- Dalits deprived of what they deserve
Government of Delhi must honor the guidelines given by the Planning Commission and must keep its promises made at National Development Council and to the Delhi High Court.
Dalit Aarthik Adhikar Andolan
National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
8/1 South Patel Nagar
Yet again Dalits are deprived of what they deserve. Delhi State government claims to allocate funds to Dalits in respect to their share in population and had produced certain “facts” in front of Delhi High Court in 2008 to substantiate their claims. But the Budget book of 2010-11 provides a different perspective altogether.
Total Budget of Delhi Government- 26000 Crores
Planned Budget – 11340 Crores
Amount that should have been allocated for SCP- 1918.73 Crores
Actual amount allocated for SCP- 177.7 Crores
Above mentioned figures clearly indicate that Dalits have been denied of a large sum of Rs. 1741 Crores. Details given by various departments are a clear indicator of proceedings. It’s a pity that political parties sitting in opposition have maintained silence over this issue.
Dalits movements and activists have met government officials on several occasions and have drawn their attention to this discrimination but all their voices have been falling on deaf ears. NCDHR/DAAA has met the Chief Minister, Ms. Sheila Dixit last year but she had maintained silence to the appeals.
Government acknowledges the decisions taken with regards to the Special Component Plan in the National Development Council but is unwilling to allocate money that is stipulated by the Planning Commission under the policy. It makes minimal allocations when it comes to SCP. Government of Delhi must honor the guidelines given by the Planning Commission and must keep its promises made at National Development Council and to the Delhi High Court.