Bangalore, Jun 6 UNI | 2 months ago

Following the new state legislation that gives statutory status to Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribe population under sub-plan, the community in Karnataka stand to gain an increased share of Rs 15,000 crore, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said today.

Speaking to reporters he said the bill, which had been passed in the Belgaum Assembly session early this year, an amount of over Rs 15,834 crore, up from Rs 8,616 crore, would be available for the welfare of people belonging to SC and ST communities in the state.

"It is probably highest ever amount of grant to be released from any state government for the welfare of the oppressed classes in the country," he said.

He said the people coming under two communities would get Rs 11,518 crore and Rs 4,316 crore respectively.

'There is no dearth of grants for the two communities. The state government has also enhanced subsidies received by it from 40 per cent to up to 90 per cent, for various schemes,' he said.

He said flow of funds and its proper utilisation had been monitored strictly as the Social Welfare Department would keep a strict vigilance.

With the sub-plan fully implemented, all state departments would spend 24 per cent of its budgetary grants on SC/STs, Mr Anjaneya said.

Outlining various measures taken to the economic empowerment of the SC/ST people, he said hence forth the unit cost for purchase of milch cows from the present Rs 70,000 to Rs one lakh, and milk subsidy of Rs six per litre and seeds subsidy from the present 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

"On an experimental basis as many as 100 SC/ST beneficiaries would get Rs 6.25 lakh for installation of the solar powered IP sets this year. Those living within or bordering areas of forests would be provided with LPG connections, biogas and Solar equipment for domestic use," he said.

He said this move would help in a big way in preserving vegetation as well as empowering the socially and economically deprived sections.

The benefit of supplying of uniforms, tool-kit, shoes and other instruments to the SC/ST students in state-owned ITIs, would be extended to all the aided ITIs in the state from this year.

The state government had also agreed to release Rs 287 crore to over 187 Assembly constituencies to spend to improve basic amenities in SC/ST colonies and Basthis, he said.

Venkataiah, the Principal Secretary, PWD and Social Welfare Department, was also present on the occasion.

(Posted on 06-06-2014)