New Delhi: Contrary to Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit`s claim that money was not diverted from SC welfare
schemes, Delhi Government has used funds from these programmes
on various Commonwealth Games projects, arguing that these
facilities will also be used by members of scheduled caste.
An internal Government document, a copy of which is
available with PTI, clearly shows that the "funds earmarked
under the heads of indivisible" and meant to be spent for the
welfare of SC, was diverted to various building and road
construction projects in the last three years.
The fund under the indivisible head is meant for
construction of building, roads, bridges in SC-dominated areas
while the funds under "divisible head" is spent on direct
welfare schemes for the SC community, the document said.
According to the document, a fund of Rs 744 crore has
been spent on development of bus terminals, projects of
widening of roads and improvement of infrastructure and
enhancing of water distribution system of Delhi Jal Board. All
these projects are directly or indirectly linked to
"As Delhi is going to host Commonwealth Games in 2010,
the entire infrastructure of Delhi is redeveloped and massive
funds has been spent in all round development of Delhi.
"It is presumed that the facilities provided under
sectors -- transport, construction of road/bridges,
development of bus terminal and many other new schemes
launched under Games are also availed by all categories of
people equally irrespective of any caste and every community
is equally benefited from this all round development," the
document said, apparently justifying the diversion of funds.
The revelation comes on a day when the Upper House of
Parliament witnessed unruly scenes leading to its adjournment
for three times on the issue in first half of the day.
It also comes amidst allegations levelled by UP Chief
Minister Mayawati who said yesterday "utilising money meant
for uplift of SC/ST sections of the society for Commonwealth
Games is not justified in any manner and the fund should be
utilised for the purpose it was allocated."
However, Dikshit rejected the allegations and said,
"There has not been any diversion of funds from SC/ST
The internal document also maintained that funds
earmarked under "divisible head which directly goes to SCs`
welfare has not been diverted/touched."
Delhi Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan, who holds the portfolio
of PWD and SC/ST Welfare, said, "not a single percentage" of
funds have been diverted for Games related projects.
"All the funds allocated are being spent on the welfare
of SC/STs," Chouhan said.