Tuesday, November 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] NAC suggests Dalit sub-Plan, law to monitor schemes under it



7 Nov, 2011, 04.27PM IST, PTI
NAC suggests Dalit sub-Plan, law to monitor schemes under it

NEW DELHI: The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council has asked
the Centre to enact a law to monitor government schemes under a
special Dalit sub-plan proposed by it.

The advisory panel, in its draft recommendations on SC sub-Plan, has
suggested that the Planning Commission set aside a portion of the plan
outlays of Centre and states equivalent to the proportion of SCs in
the population at the national and state level.
These funds, set apart before plan outlays are allocated to any
ministry, would form part of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), said
the recommendations of the NAC Working Group on Dalit Issues
co-chaired by Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi.

"The SCSP set apart as above is not meant to be parked with any
ministry, but needs to be allocated to the ministries and departments
for implementing such schemes which are directly benefiting SC
individuals, households or SC localities," it said.

The working group has asked the Centre to pass an enabling law to
monitor the schemes undertaken by the special Dalit plan, track the
amounts spent and facilitate social auditing.

It said schemes like boarding schools for Dalit boys and girls must be
implemented in villages, towns and cities.

The working group also called for reforms in the pre-matric and
post-matric scholarship schemes of the Centre to extend support to all
students belonging to scheduled caste, except those excluded on
well-defined criteria.

"The quantum of support should enable the students to access quality
education either in public or private sector," the working group said.

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