New Delhi, Feb 11 : Accusing the government of reducing budgetary allocation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the Congress said on Tuesday demanded restoration of the SC/ST subscheme to enable the underprivileged derive benefits of development.
Taking part in the discussion on the General Budget of 2020-21 in the Rajya House, Congress' PL Punia said the Indian economy is developing rapidly but the benefits are not reaching the SC/ST community. Earlier, there was a separate allocation for SC/ST under the sub-plan of each ministry but the government has scrapped this system.
He said that allocation for the community is being reduced continuously in the budget. "No money is being spent for SC/ST by any ministry other than the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment," he said. He targeted the slogan of "Ease of living" and said that the life of the common people has become difficult due to inflation.
Ripun Bora of Congress said this budget is not fulfilling the aspirations of the people. The government is not fulfilling its old promises and new promises are being made. The government has no system to carry out schemes and programmes. The announcement of doubling the income of farmers is not being fulfilled as the cost of agriculture is increasing due to the policies of the government.
He targeted the slogan of "Ease of living" and said that the life of the common people has become difficult due to inflation. The prices of food items in the market are continuously increasing. The government's smart city plan has failed. Mr Bora said that the government is making promises that are not possible to fulfill. "Electrification of 27,000 km of railway lines has been announced in the budget, while only 6,000 km of railway line has been electrified last year," he said. He said that there are not much employment opportunities in the market. Youth are becoming unemployed. "The government should emphasise on skill development of the youth but for this only an allocation of Rs 3,000 crore has been made which is insufficient," he added. (UNI)