BR Ambedkar Birth Anniversary: The Punjab government will spend at least 30 percent of funds under all government schemes for the welfare of the state’s SC population, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced on Wednesday.
This was announced by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, along with a host of other measures for the uplift of the Dalit community, as a mark of homage to Dr. BR Ambedkar, who he said should be remembered as the first Indian who achieved so much for the Dalit Samaj.
Paying floral tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr. BR Ambedkar, on his 130th birth anniversary, at a virtual state-level event, the Chief Minister also announced filling up of the SC vacancy backlog in all departments on priority, while promising to explore a post-matric overseas scholarship scheme for SC students, on the lines of the Baroda State Scholarship Scheme awarded to Baba Sahib under a scheme established by Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
The Chief Minister further announced a special Rs 500 crore Rural Link Roads project for FY2022.
The project will encompass the construction of new link roads to the Bastis of Scheduled Castes and other poorer sections of the society, which do not currently have road connectivity. Shamshan ghats and places of worship will also be connected through the project.
A special allocation of Rs. 100 crore is proposed in 2021-22 for modernisation of villages having more than 50 percent SC population, said the Chief Minister, adding that this was aimed at providing further impetus to existing grants in the villages having Scheduled Caste population greater than or equal to 50 percent of the total population.
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