Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday announced improved financial subsidy to Scheduled Caste families for purchase of tools from Rs. 1300 to Rs. 5000 and for purchase of machinery sewing from existing Rs. 1800 to Rs. 5000 to facilitate the people of these communities.
Chairing the Himachal Pradesh Scheduled Castes Welfare Board meeting in Dharamshala, he also announced that a college library in each district would be named Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Library as a mark of respect to the founder of the Indian Constitution. He said the upliftment and socio-economic development of the scheduled castes was the main concern of the state government and that the top priority was to ensure that they benefited as much as possible from the social welfare programs initiated by the state government. state as well as central governments. He said a transparent mechanism should be adopted to ensure that a genuine beneficiary is not deprived of being selected for various social protection schemes. He said full transparency must also be ensured in the selection of BPL families from Scheduled Caste families.
Thakur said the state government has constructed Ambedkar Bhawans in all Vidhan Sabha constituencies of the state.
He said about 51 have already been completed and the rest are in various stages of completion. He said proper upkeep of Ambedkar Bhawans must also be ensured as they have proven to be of immense benefit to the community. He also suggested that a management mechanism for these Bhawans should be taken up at the local level.
He said the state government has launched a special recruitment campaign to fill the backlog of Scheduled Castes in government jobs so that the youths of this category can get proper representation in government jobs.
He said the state government has ordered the state police to take tough action against those involved in the atrocities against scheduled caste communities.
He said the State Scheduled Castes Corporation provides loans at subsidized rates to young people in these communities so that they can start their self-employment business.