SC/ST Sub-plan Act comes into force - The New Indian Express

SC/ST Sub-plan Act comes into force

Published: 26th January 2013 07:53 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2013 08:39 AM

The SC and ST Sub-plan Act came into force on Friday.

Andhra Pradesh is the first state to enact a law giving statutory status to SC and ST sub-plans. The state legislative Assembly passed the bill unanimously during a special session on November 30. The state legislative Council adopted the bill on December 10. With the chief minister signing the file on Friday, the Act came to existence on the same day.

The recent AICC meeting at Jaipur in Rajasthan lauded the AP government for the sub-plan and wanted all the Congress-ruled states to emulate the AP model and pass SC and ST Sub-plan Acts.

The Act will be in force for ten years. From 2013-14 budget, the SC and ST sub plan funds will be exclusively spent for the intended purpose. Any diversion and non-utilisation of funds will be viewed seriously and the government will punish the officers concerned for the diversion or lapse of funds. Funds will be allocated as per the population of SCs and STs.

The SC and ST State Development Council, under the chairmanship of the chief minister, will meet twice in a year to oversee the spending of the funds under the Act. Respective district collectors will monitor the utilisation of funds in their districts. The state government will set up a special cell in the finance department for allotment and utilisation of funds. The most backward castes among SCs will be given priority. The SC and ST funds will be used to fulfil individual and community needs.

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