Big jump in allocation for SCs, STs

The allocation for the uplift of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) under the Social Welfare Department has gone up sharply in the State budget for 2014-15. The allocation for backward classes development has also shot up. 

Rs 4,231 crore has been allocated for the Social Welfare Department in the next fiscal year, up from Rs 3,001 crore in 2013-14. 

The allocation for the backward classes development is Rs 1,445 crore, as against Rs 1,369 crore in the 2013-14 financial year. 

The bounties

* Jobless members of the SC/ST communities will get specified preference in government works up to Rs 50 lakh and supplies up to Rs 5 lakh 
* One-time assistance of Rs 15 crore to the sheep and wool producers’ co-op societies in distress 
* Compensation for death of sheep and goats increased from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000

* Incentive for inter-caste marriages of SC girls increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh

* Subsidy to loans from the Karnataka SC and ST Development Corporation Ltd increased from Rs one lakh to Rs two lakh
* Alternative employment to identified manual scavengers

* Rs 75 crore for development of Bahadur Bani Kshetra belonging to the Banjara community in Koppal

* Rs one crore for constructing a building in memory of Dalit leader, the late B Krishnappa, at Harihar

* Rs one crore for a memorial for Dalit reformer Kudmal Rangarao in Mangalore

* Rs one cr to establish the study centre for lower strata communities at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore

* Rs 50 crore for the welfare of Golla community

* Karnataka Co-operative Societies Act to be amended to provide reservation to backward classes in co-op institutions

* Rs 100 crore to religious associations of backward classes for constructing community halls/hostels

* Financial assistance for 2,000 BC students to prepare for competitive exams* Reservation to SC/STs in sand extraction, transportation and storage work and grant of minor minerals quarry leases/licences

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