Diversion of SC/ST funds to CWG wrong: PC

Government admitted in the Rajya Sabha that diversion of funds meant for the welfare of SC/STs to Commonwealth Games projects by the Delhi Govt was "wrong" and efforts would be made to bring them back to the SC/ST fund.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 23:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Monday admitted in the
Rajya Sabha that diversion of funds meant for the welfare of
SC/STs to Commonwealth Games projects by the Delhi Government
was "wrong" and efforts would be made to bring them back to
the SC/ST fund.

"In my view prima facie that using Rs 678.91 crore out of
Schedule Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) to contribute for CWG appears
to be wrong," Home Minister P Chidambaram said.

Responding to members` demand, he said this money spent
from the SCSP would be brought back to the welfare fund.

The minister at the same time maintained that the fund is
given to states in two categories divisible and indivisible
and the diversion of the fund from indivisible category has
been happening in many states.

Earlier, the opposition parties targeted the government
saying it is "shameful" and "betrayal of Dalits".

Chidambaram said the Planning Commission has constituted a
committee headed by one of its members Narendra Jadhav to
re-examine how the guidelines of the plan panel on the SCSP
Tribal Sub Plan can be implemented properly.

-PTI