Rajasthan Govt to Propose SC/ST Community Welfare Act

Jaipur: After two years of infighting, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan has now begun to focus on its main vote banks as it proposes a separate law for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe communities in the ‘State.

The proposed law will ensure that the total budget allocation in government programs for these communities will not be less than the proportional population of SC and ST in the state.

With the enactment of this law, the state government will allocate a certain amount in its annual budget for the use of Scheduled Caste Development Fund and Scheduled Tribes Development Fund and establish the required institutional mechanism for the use of these funds in priority areas. “The main objective of this law will be to cover the deficit of these communities on the development indicators. This should reflect the aspirations of these communities,” the bill said.

CM Ashok Gehlot announced the law in his budget speech this year and the government plans to table the law in the next session of the state assembly. However, Rajasthan is not the first state as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu and Uttarakhand have already enacted this law and Punjab recently introduced an ordinance on it.

Notably, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is one of the largest banks of ruling congressional votes in the state and this law is considered a government initiative related to the polls.

“The provision for separate budget allocation in government development plans in proportion to SC/ST population is already there but it is not in the legal framework. The Planning Commission had introduced it in the 5th and 6th Five-Year Plans. State governments are following these guidelines, but it is unclear how much allocation has been made and spent by departments. This Act will give a legal framework for this government allocation and expenditure,” said Nisar Ahamed, Economic Analyst at Budget Analysis and Research Center, Jaipur.

The government is also of the view that although the strategies of the Planned Distribution Sub-plan and the Tribal Sub-plan have been in effect for more than 40 years, they could not significantly influence all parties concerned in the right perspective. .

“To bridge the development gap and ensure the comprehensive development of SC and ST in the state, I have announced the enactment of a law namely the Rajasthan Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Act as a model for the Rajasthan,” CM Ashok Gehlot said in the statement. the objectives and motives of the act.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 3:20 PM IST