Minorities get only Rs 4,195 cr while SC Rs. 52,393 Cr, ST Rs 31,920 cr in Union Budget 2017
New Delhi: Minority communities have been sorely disappointed with the minuscule allocation for the development of minority communities in the country. They were expecting a huge boost in allocation for the new year. But They were let down.
But even this minuscule increase didn’t stop Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to praise the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “After many years,Minority Affairs Ministry Budget increased by more than Rs 395 cr. It is Rs 4195 cr for 2017-18 from Rs 3800 cr in 2016-17” said Naqvi.
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley while presenting the General Budget 2017-18 in Parliament today said that the Government is giving special importance to implementation of the Schemes for welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities.
The allocation for the welfare of Scheduled Castes has been stepped-up from Rs. 38,833 crores in BE 2016-17 to Rs. 52,393 crores in 2017-18, representing an increase of about 35%. The allocation for Scheduled Tribes has been increased to Rs. 31,920 crores and for Minority Affairs to Rs.4,195 crores. The Government will introduce outcome based monitoring of expenditure in these sectors by the NITI Aayog.
The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley stated that for senior citizens, Aadhar based Smart Cards containing their health details will be introduced. A beginning will be made through a pilot in 15 districts during 2017-18. The LIC will implement a scheme for senior citizens to provide assured pension, with a guaranteed return of 8% per annum for 10 years.