Govt mulls committee for spending SCP funds

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Puducherry, Apr 10: The Puducherry administration will consider setting up a committee to monitor the spending of funds under the Special Component Plan (SCP) meant for the Adi Dravidars in the Union Territory, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy told the Territorial Assembly today.

Replying to a question, he said the administration proposed to provide mini loan through the Puducherry Adi Dravidar Develoment Corporation to 10,000 people this year.

DMK member V M C Sivakumar pointed out that he had received 200 application forms through the department for his constituency.

However, about 1,000 applications were being circulated in his constituency, he said and wanted to know how this happened.

Mr Kandasamy said Rs 52 crore was disbursed to Dalits last year, with each family getting Rs 5,000, in a bid to prevent surrendering the unspent amount and this year too, all the Dalit families would be given the money.

Intervening, AIADMK member A Anbazhagan said the Minister had taken most of the benefits to his Bahour constituency. While his Oupplam constituency had only five beneficiaries, in Bahour seat it was as many as 1,282.

The House witnessed heated exchanges as the Minister and the AIADMK member traded charges and counter charges. Speaker R Radhakrishnan intervened and restored order in the House.

Leader of the Opposition A M H Nazeem said it was not proper to distribute application forms through Dalit organisations and the random provision of Rs 5,000 to all Dalit families was also not acceptable to him. He suggested the setting up of a committee to monitor the utilisation of the SCP funds.

UNI

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