Centre to club targeted schemes for Scheduled Castes to increase effectiveness
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is in the procedure of merging three schemes, intended at the welfare of Scheduled Castes, under one head. The plans are the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, the Unique Central Help to Scheduled Castes sub-plan and the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrwas Yojana.
Authorities in the ministry stated that the schemes are being merged to simplify them and make their execution more efficient by removing the component of duplication.
” We are in the procedure of re-evaluating all our plans of which these 3 are a part. The aim is to restructure them, making their implementation more effective. Some plans will be left as they are, some would be disbanded while some others would be clubbed together. We expect the plans to reach the wanted beneficiaries in a better way, in this manner, and they may even guarantee increased financial benefits once they are merged,” R.Subrahmanyam, secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, stated.
One of the Centre’s flagship jobs, the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana got a significant increase last year after the Union government identified 26,968 Dalit-majority towns for focussed execution of numerous targeted well-being plans. These include all existing central and state plans that are crucial to satisfying crucial gaps in socio-economic and infrastructure requirements of the Dalits and bringing them on par with other communities.
In all, there are 46,859 income towns where majority the population comprise individuals coming from Scheduled Castes. Of these, 26,968 villages, with a population of over 500, were identified by the ministry in 2015 for time-bound implementation of targeted schemes.
While the concept behind this scheme is to guarantee concentrated execution and convergence of all existing central and state plans, the ministry designates Rs 11 lakh per village to address funding spaces.
As per of the Unique Central Help Scheme, each ministry reserves a minimum of 15 percent of their budgets for allowance to welfare plans for Scheduled Castes and an extra 7.5 percent for tribals. Under the Babu Jagjivan Ram scheme, the Centre assigns Rs 30 crore yearly for establishing hostels for Scheduled Caste trainees.
” Under PMAGY, we have to take the benefits of plans to 3,500 towns every year to guarantee that by 2024-’25, every town gets funds a minimum of as soon as. Nevertheless, this (monetary) year proved to be a bit of non-starter on this front due to the fact that of the pandemic Villages have been rated on 50- point monitorable indicators which include facilities development such as street-lighting, power and water connections and roads, amongst others, as well as social welfare schemes such as immunisation or opening of bank accounts. We are evaluating spaces in a lot of the plans which in some cases take place due to official inaction– at the level of the panchayat secretary, for example. The truth is that even when the SC population in a particular village is more, the most vulnerable get left of such plans as the local leaders are from an upper caste,” a ministry official said.
To resolve this, the ministry will set up project tracking groups at the state and district levels to make sure that plans are being implemented and the fruits of them are reaching the targeted recipients. The strategy is to eventually establish such teams at ward-level also.
Authorities said the ministry is likewise checking out the possibility of clubbing different scholarship plans for SC trainees together in a quote to make them more structured and available to the preferred beneficiaries.
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