Sunday, July 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Misuse of SC ST funds; action against officers sought

Misuse of SC ST funds; action against officers sought

Kakinada, Jul 15 : The East Godavari District Struggle Committee
against Caste Discrimination has alleged funds earmarked to various
departments under SC ST Component Plan were either misused or diverted
depriving the benefits to those sections.

Committee Chairman Dadala Subbarao addressing a press conference along
with SC, ST leaders claimed the officers were colluding with elected
peoples representatives in diversion of SC ST funds and in the absence
of any action from the government, injustice was going on unabated.

He demanded stringent action against the erring officials by booking
cases under the SC ST Atrocities Act treating it as a heinous crime.

`Due to the apathy of the government, the SC ST colonies are lagging
behind in development. Adequate funds are not allotted and
discrimination is being shown even in regard to spending of the
allotted funds.

''The SC ST component funds either remained unspent or diverted or
misused. Under the rules, the state budget funds have to be spent at
16.5 per cent for SCs and 6.6 per cent for STs but not even ten per
cent of funds were spent.

"Unless the SC ST funds are channelised and spent through the nodal
agencies justice will not be rendered to them," he alleged.

Mr Rao said the district level conference to be held at Kakinada on
July 17 would discuss the issue threadbare and chalk out future course
of action.


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