Wednesday, July 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] DMK misused Special Component Plan funds

Tamil Nadu
DMK misused Special Component Plan funds
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:15am IST

CHENNAI: Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam, a grouping of Dalit
organisations, has said the previous DMK government in TN was
anti-Dalit. D Periyaswamy , convenor of Mannurumai Meett pu Iyakkam in
a media meet on Tuesday said, " The DMK led regime was an anti-Dalit
government, as most of its activities were against holistic
development of Dalits."

Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam indicated that the DMK regime� misused
exclusive funds under the Special Component Plan given by the Centre
to the State for the development of SC and ST communities.

Sathya Chandran, Advocate, Madras High Court, speaking to� Express
said, "As per the GO:(2D) No:8 from Department of Information
Technology dated 24.2.2011, that Rs 74,91,00,000 from the Special
Component Plan is used for the Kalaingar free TV scheme which was
sanctioned under this GO."

In 2010-2011, Rs 3828 crores were received by the state from the
Central government as the Special Component fund. In 2011-2012 another
Rs 4470 crore were received.

�Periyaswamy said, " Every year the government should report on how
the Special Component Plan funds are used. In the last four years, no
break up of how the funds were spent had been reported. We request the
Amma led government to immediately probe into this and take action
against the previous DMK led government under the SC/ST Atrocities

As land grabbing reclaims make headlines, Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam
apparently found this the right time to raise their concerns about the
Panchami land reclamation .

D.Periyaswamy, said, " Under the watchful eyes of Amma, the AIADMK led
government is doing great work in reclaiming the grabbed land and
giving it to the rightful owners. We would like to bring to the
attention of the CM, the Panchami lands, which were meant for the
socioeconomic upliftment of Dalits".

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