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Press Release : The private member bill for statutory status to SCP and TSP is listed for discussion in Rajya Sabha

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The private member bill for statutory status to SCP and TSP is listed for discussion in Rajya Sabha

A private member bill introduced by Sri Syed Azeez Pasha, Member of Parliament (RS) for statutory status to SCP and TSP in the Rajya Sabha is listed for discussion on 9th December 2011

For centuries, the Scheduled Castes have been the victims of discrimination because of Indian Caste System, with Untouchability depriving development of Dalits.  In fact,  the Constitution of India 1950 has, in its Preamble as well as Articles like Article 46, 15(4), 15(5),16(4) , 16(4A), 16 (4B), the Articles in Chapter XVI and other Articles, mandated the State, in all its limbs and through all its instrumentalities and agencies, to take all measures necessary for removing these deprivations and disadvantages, bring about social equality through various social justice measures and establish a regime of all-round equality in the country.    Taking note of the fact that developmental outlays and inputs did not flow to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in due measure quantitatively and qualitatively in the Plans, the Government of India, therefore, conceived and initiated the Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes (SCP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in 1978 as a comprehensive Plan instrument in the Centre as well as States.

Even after 30 years of implementation of SCP and TSP, the goals which were expected at the time of their formulation were not achieved, now it is necessary to give a statutory status to  both  policies for proper implementation for  social equity, social – economic justice to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and to ensure inclusive growth by removing social, economic and educational inequalities and to provide access to and equal opportunities.

Noticing the fact the SCP and TSP, though it has helped in bringing about certain improvements, has, over time, been reduced largely to a mere arithmetical – statistical exercise, losing sight of the overarching Constitution-based goals of economic liberation, educational parity at all levels, equality in all parameters and security and dignity, and failing to take a holistic view from this perspective, of the  needs and  priorities of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and  accordingly devising programmes and schemes with adequate outlays and institutional and organizational arrangements under the SCP and TSP

National Dalit Forum (NDF) and National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) have been campaigning for the statutory status to the Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan for their appropriate implementation.

The bill which is coming for discussion in Rajya Sabha is titled as “The National Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Special Economic Development Plans) Bill, 2011”. It is proposing a National Scheduled Castes Development Council exclusively for the economic development of SC STs, National Scheduled Caste Development Authority and National Scheduled Tribes Development Authority at National level and in the state level a State Scheduled Caste Development Authority and State Scheduled Tribes Development Authority.  At District level, the bill proposed District SCST Development Authority to implement the Special Annual Plans for the economic development of the SC, ST Communities.

This Bill is moved to lay down the legislative framework for such a new system of which the basic feature is to set apart the population-equivalent proportion of the total Plan outlay (Five Year, Annual, Perspective) of the Centre and of each State as a corpus of the SCP of the Centre and each State, before the total Plan outlay is allocated sector-wise / Ministry-wise / Department-wise and to place this corpus at the disposal of empowered Authorities in the Centre and in each State to undertake Planning for SCs and making allocations for programmes and schemes relevant to SCs and issuing of sanction of funds within this corpus, in accordance with the needs and priorities of SCs in keeping with the overarching goals of their economic liberation, educational parity at all levels, equality with SACs in all parameters and security and social dignity.

Sri Syed Azeez Pasha

Member of Parliament (R.S)

Communist Party of India

R.Ravi Kumar

Secretary

National Dalit forum

N.Paul Diwakar

Conviner

National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights

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