The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is within the strategy of merging three schemes, aimed on the welfare of Scheduled Castes, below one head. The schemes are the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, the Particular Central Help to Scheduled Castes sub-plan and the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrwas Yojana.
Officers within the ministry stated that the schemes are being merged to streamline them and make their implementation extra environment friendly by taking away the ingredient of duplication.
“We’re within the strategy of re-evaluating all our schemes of which these three are an element. The intention is to restructure them, making their implementation extra environment friendly. Some schemes might be left as they’re, some can be disbanded whereas some others can be clubbed collectively. We count on the schemes to achieve the specified beneficiaries in a a lot better method, this manner, they usually might even assure elevated monetary advantages as soon as they’re merged,” R.Subrahmanyam, secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, stated.
One of many Centre’s flagship tasks, the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana acquired a significant increase final yr after the Union authorities recognized 26,968 Dalit-majority villages for focussed implementation of varied focused welfare schemes. These embrace all present central and state schemes which might be key to assembly vital gaps in socio-economic and infrastructure wants of the Dalits and bringing them on par with different communities.
In all, there are 46,859 income villages the place greater than half the inhabitants comprise folks belonging to Scheduled Castes. Of those, 26,968 villages, with a inhabitants of over 500, have been recognized by the ministry final yr for time-bound implementation of focused schemes.
Whereas the thought behind this scheme is to make sure targeted implementation and convergence of all present central and state schemes, the ministry allocates Rs 11 lakh per village to handle funding gaps.
As per of the Particular Central Help Scheme, every ministry units apart a minimal of 15 per cent of their budgets for allocation to welfare schemes for Scheduled Castes and an extra 7.5 per cent for tribals. Beneath the Babu Jagjivan Ram scheme, the Centre allocates Rs 30 crore yearly for establishing hostels for Scheduled Caste college students.
“Beneath PMAGY, we now have to take the advantages of schemes to three,500 villages yearly to make sure that by 2024-’25, each village receives funds at the least as soon as. Nevertheless, this (monetary) yr proved to be a little bit of non-starter on this entrance due to the pandemic. Villages have been rated on 50-point monitorable indicators which embrace infrastructure growth corresponding to street-lighting, energy and water connections and roads, amongst others, in addition to social welfare schemes corresponding to immunisation or opening of financial institution accounts. We’re assessing gaps in lots of the schemes which generally occur because of official inaction – on the stage of the panchayat secretary, as an illustration. The actual fact is that even when the SC inhabitants in a selected village is extra, essentially the most susceptible get left of such schemes because the native leaders are from an higher caste,” a ministry official stated.
To handle this, the ministry will arrange undertaking monitoring groups on the state and district ranges to make sure that schemes are being carried out and the fruits of them are reaching the focused beneficiaries. The plan is to finally arrange such groups at ward-level as properly.
Officers stated the ministry can also be exploring the opportunity of clubbing completely different scholarship schemes for SC college students collectively in a bid to make them extra streamlined and accessible to the specified beneficiaries.