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Union Budget
Interim Budget discriminating towards SC/STs: Dalit groups
The National Confederation of Dalit Organization (NACDOR) is grieved to learn that Union Government failed to make population proportionate allocation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the interim budget.

The political parties are preparing for the General Election 2014 and the UPA led government has presented the interim budget and there are different perspectives of it.

NACDOR Chairman Ashok Bharati in press statement said that criticism on the budget of the beneficiaries from different social and political groups are obvious. These budgets requires to be also seen from the perspective of the schedules "Scheduled Castes (SC)" and "Scheduled Tribes (ST)". He deplored that once again the UPA led by Congress has disappointed the Dalits and Adivasi in the budgetary allocations and expenditures.

Rs 60,576 Cr has been denied to SC/ST in the current budget. It is the normal trend of Union Government as seen in the table.

NACDOR stated that it has tried to satisfy the SC/ST only by a partial allocation i.e. 8.76% (Rs. 48638 Cr) for SC and 5.53% (Rs. 30726 Cr) for ST. Whereas decision of National Development Council (NDC) mandates population proportionate allocation for SC/ST. He also pointed out that the Government has changed the nomenclature of "Special Component Plan (SCP)" to "Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP)" in the budget document.

He deplored that the Union Government is alluring SC/ST with proposed bill on SCSP/TSP – to legitimize the present way of allocations and expenditure

On the other hand, NACDOR lamented that the UPA Led Congress has shown its commitment to the corporate sectors by way giving more without any hesitation. It felt the Fiscal deficit is basically due to the revenue foregone i.e. subsidies to the profit making corporate sectors. Due to fiscal deficit the government has to borrow the money and pay the interest thereon.

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