New Delhi: The Sonia Gandhi-led National
Advisory Council has asked the Centre to enact a law to
monitor government schemes under a special Dalit sub-plan
proposed by it.
The advisory panel, in its draft recommendations on
SC sub-Plan, has suggested that the Planning Commission set
aside a portion of the plan outlays of Centre and states
equivalent to the proportion of SCs in the population at the
national and state level.
These funds, set apart before plan outlays are allocated
to any ministry, would form part of the Scheduled Caste Sub
Plan (SCSP), said the recommendations of the NAC Working Group
on Dalit Issues co-chaired by Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi.
"The SCSP set apart as above is not meant to be parked
with any ministry, but needs to be allocated to the
ministries and departments for implementing such schemes which
are directly benefiting SC individuals, households or SC
localities," it said.
The working group has asked the Centre to pass an enabling
law to monitor the schemes undertaken by the special Dalit
plan, track the amounts spent and facilitate social auditing.
It said schemes like boarding schools for Dalit boys and
girls must be implemented in villages, towns and cities.
The working group also called for reforms in the
pre-matric and post-matric scholarship schemes of the Centre
to extend support to all students belonging to scheduled
caste, except those excluded on well-defined criteria.
"The quantum of support should enable the students to
access quality education either in public or private sector,"
the working group said.