30% Of Punjab Schemes To Be Spent On Scheduled Castes
The Punjab government on Wednesday announced that at least 30 per cent of funds under all government schemes will be spent on the welfare of the state's Scheduled Castes (SC) population.
On the occasion of Dr. BR Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid homage by announcing a host of other measures also to uplift the Dalit community.
The Chief Minister also paid a floral tribute to the architect of the Indian Constitution at a virtual state-level event and announced filling up of the SC vacancy backlog in all departments on priority, while promising to explore a post-matric overseas scholarship scheme for SC students, on the lines of the Baroda State Scholarship Scheme awarded to Baba Sahib under a scheme established by Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
According to a media release, Mr Singh announced that his government also proposes to provide 30 per cent reservation for SC applicants in villages under the "Har Ghar Pakki Chhat" scheme, and also 30 per cent in the affordable housing scheme for EWS.