Commonwealth Games scam: SC/ST fund diversion not isolated case
Published: Friday, Nov 26, 2010, 0:26 IST
By Anil Sharma | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
The Delhi government came in for severe criticism earlier this year
for diverting Rs744.35 crore meant for a scheduled caste sub-plan to
the Commonwealth Games (CWG). But now it turns out that such
violations are routine.
"The Centre's planned allocation for 2010-11 was Rs2,80,000 crore. If
the norm of earmarking 16.2% for scheduled castes and 8.2% for
scheduled tribes is to be strictly adhered to, at least Rs68,000 crore
[45,000 + 23,000] has to be seen separately in budgetary figures. But
there is no way to find out the precise amount spent under these
heads," planning commission member Narendra Jadhav said on Thursday.
Jadhav, who headed a task force that studied the matter, submitted a
report to planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia
suggesting revised guidelines to ensure transparency and
accountability in allocation and use of SC/ST sub-plan funds.
"This is a problem arising out of a complex mindset. The diversion for
CWG was not a one-off case. This happens routinely in all states, and
we shall come up with a detailed report on this issue," he said.
"This presents a very dismal picture, and reflects the continuation of
injustice to a section of society," he said.
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