31 percent jump in social justice ministry's budget
New Delhi, Feb 28 : The social justice ministry has got a sizeable jump of 31 percent in the 2013-14 budget at Rs.6,725 crore (USD 1,254 million), with special focus on boosting welfare of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has set Rs.6,725 crore budget for the ministry of social justice and empowerment for 2013-14, which is over 31 percent from the revised estimate of Rs.5,105 crore ($942 million) of the previous fiscal.
Making the announcement Thursday, Chidambaram said the hike in the ministry would help it to focus more on the welfare of the SCs, STs and OBCs as well as the physically challenged.
Welfare projects of the SC, ST and backward classes have been hiked by over 24 percent. Last year, the allocation was Rs.4,352 crore ($811.17 million), which has been increased to Rs.5,430 crore ($1,012 million).
Welfare projects for the handicapped has got Rs.523 crore ($97.547 million).