The Andhra Pradesh Girijan Employees' Association, which organised a seminar on ‘Tribal sub-plan implementation' at Girijan Bhavan here on Sunday, passed a unanimous resolution seeking a new legislation for effective implementation of the sub-plan and initiation of criminal proceedings against those who do not spend the allocated funds and divert the same for other purposes.

They demanded that special component plan be implemented at the panchayat level and also in all municipalities. Speaking on the occasion, a professor of economics of Andhra University M. Prasada Rao said due to the submissive nature of the girijan community, a raw deal had been given to it so far by diluting the allocations for implementation of the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).

In the past, funds allocated for the TSP had been diverted to other schemes, including irrigation and Arogyasri.

The Scheduled Castes were allocated 16.2 per cent of the total budget and the Scheduled Tribes 6.6 per cent.

The allocated funds were not spent for the purpose for which they were meant. Of the 23 per cent of the total allocation for the SCs and STs, a mere 7 per cent was actually being spent for development of targeted sections. Time and again efforts were being made to dilute the original spirit of the sub-plan. A Parliamentary Committee constituted for the purpose of reviewing the implementation of the TSP condensed the allocation to a mere 37 government departments against the earlier practice of making allotments for tribal welfare in all the government departments. The more vocal the tribal groups were in demanding their rightful share the more they were being suppressed, Prof. Prasada Rao said.

Last year, out of the Rs.6,000 crore allotted, a mere Rs.2,000 crore had been spent. President of AP State Government Medical Officers' Association P. Subba Rao asked the girijan community to take advantage of the RTI Act for extracting information from authorities on funds allocated and the quantum spent.

A faculty member of Mrs. A.V.N. College Radhakrishna accused the officials of overlooking the misuse of the statutory benefits by fake beneficiaries. Several people were cornering the benefits by presenting fake certificates. Prof. Prasada Rao gave an audio visual presentation on the tribal groups in India and in all the tribal dominated states.

  • Allocated funds not being spent for the purpose for which they are meant, it is alleged

  • Call to invoke RTI Act to extract information about fund allocation and utilisation