Deficiencies in budget allocation and formulation of schemes need correction, says speakers at workshop

A workshop ‘Effective implementation of the SC/ST Sub-Plan in AP – A review on State budget’ had speakers terming the A.P. SC, ST Sub-Plans Bill 2012 that was passed by the A.P. Legislative Assembly on January 24, a historic win and augury of good things to come for the deprived sections.

However, speakers at the workshop organised by the Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS), including former Chief Secretary Kaki Madhava Rao and former IAS officer T. Gopala Rao, Founder-Chairman of CDS Mallepalli Laxmaiah and Dalit Bahujan Front president Korivi Vinaykumar wanted enough safeguards to ensure that 100 per cent of the funds allocated for various welfare schemes be spent only for the purposes intended.

Mr. Madhava Rao said deficiencies in the budget allocation and formulation of schemes needed correction and regretted that while the allocation of Rs. 12,251 crore under the Sub-Plans was encouraging, there was nothing new about the welfare schemes. There was a need for innovation, he said.

Mr. Laxmaiah said the constitutional status accorded to the Sub-Plans was appreciable, what could also be incorporated was a provision with which the government was given the right to scrap schemes under which 100 per cent of budget allocated was not spent.