Rs 965 cr allocated for SCs/STs miapproriated: RSP

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New Delhi, Nov 7 (UNI) Rashtriya Shoshit Parishad, a Council for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe, today alleged that Rs 965.5 crore allocated to the two communities was swindled in one single year, and urged the Delhi Government to open a separate account to avoid such misappropriation of funds.

Talking to newspersons here, Parishad president Jai Bhagwan Jatav said under the Right to Information Act, it found that Rs 965.5 crore was misappropriated during 2006-2007.

He said the Scs/STs did not want any favour, but the Government must ensure that students from these communities pursuing higher studies did not suffer due to financial constriants and their fees was paid from the allocated funds.

He said the misappropriation was committed in the name of socio-economic-educational development of SCs/STs residing in Delhi, the budget provisions for which were made as per the guidelines of the Planning commission.

He further said that the fund allocated for individuals, families and hamlets under Schedued Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) under the Commision's guidelines must be made non-lapsable and non-divertible.

He regretted that the Government neither followed the guidelines and additional guidelines issued by the Planning commission nor did they adhered to their own committments.

Under such circumstances, the Planning Commission, which is meeting tomorrow to discuss the socio-economic uplift of SCs/STs, is null and void, he said.

SCs/STs constitute one fourth of the country's population.

UNI

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