[Economic Survey Ch13] Human Development (Part 2 of 4): SC, ST, OBC, Minorities: welfare schemes, 12th FYP targets

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[Economic Survey Ch13] Human Development (Part 2 of 4): SC, ST, OBC, Minorities: welfare schemes, 12th FYP targets

  1. Scheduled Castes
    1. Scholarships: Higher Education (SC+ST)
    2. Protection of Civil Rights
    3. Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY)
    4. Manual Scavenging
    5. 11th FYP: SC welfare
    6. 12th FYP: SC welfare goals/targets
  2. Scheduled Tribes
    1. Constitutional provisions
    2. States without ST communities
    3. PESA 1996
    4. PESA: problems?
    5. Forest Rights Act 2006
    6. Ashram Schools
    7. 12th FYP: ST welfare
    8. Funding for ST welfare
  3. Other Backward Classes
    1. Constitutional provisions
    2. OBC reservation in promotion
    3. Creamy Layer
    4. 12th FYP: OBC welfare
  4. Minorities
    1. Minorities: Schemes
    2. Scholarship: minorities
    3. 12th FYP: Minority welfare
  5. Bodies: Constitutional vs Statutory
  6. Financing/funding/marketing
    1. NSDFC
    2. NSTFDC
    3. NMDFC
    4. NSKFDC
    5. NHFDC
    6. SCDC
    7. TRIFED
    8. RMK

In this part, we’ll see welfare schemes related to SC, ST, OBC and minorities +12th FYP targets. A related topic Socio-Economic Caste census (SECC-2011) was already done in earlier article, click me

Scheduled Castes

Census year % of SC in total population
2001 16.2
2011 16.9
  • People belonging to SC communities, by and large, are spread all over the country, with about 80 per cent of them living in the rural areas.
  • Half of the SC population is concentrated in the five States of
    1. UP
    2. WB
    3. TN
    4. Andhra
    5. Bihar

Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme

  • From 2012.
  • To decrease the dropout rate in the transition from elementary to secondary stage.
  • given For class 9 and 10
  • 12th FYP wants this scholarship from class 1 to 8 also.

Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana

  • for SC boys and girls in middle school, higher secondary schools, colleges and universities.
  • 12th FYP wants to improve quality  of hostels + more residential schools in blocks with high SC concentration

Scholarships: Higher Education (SC+ST)

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

  • providing financial assistance to SC and ST students pursuing MPhil and PhD courses.
  • 12th FYP wants to increase # of seats.

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme

  • Financial support to SC and ST students pursuing Master’s level courses and PhD/Post-Doctoral courses abroad.
  • 12th FYP wants to increase # of seats without any restriction on field of study.

Post metric Scholarship for SC, ST

  • covers professional, technical, professional, non-professional, even correspondence /distance education courses.
  • 12th FYP wants Government to provide them laptop/tablet also- for those students who get good marks in class 10/12.

Top Class Education

  • eligible students who secure admission in notified institutions like the IITs, IIMs, and NITs,
  • are provided full financial support for meeting the requirements of tuition fees, living expenses, books, and computers

Free coaching

  • for recruitment in UPSC, SSC, Railways, State PSCs, Officer’s grade exams in RBI PSUs etc.
  • for SC, ST, Minorities
  • 12th FYP wants free coaching for Premier Entrance Exams to professional institutions like IITs, JEE, AIEEE, CPMT, CLAT, CAT etc.

Protection of Civil Rights

Two acts implemented by Ministry of social Justice and empowerment

#1: protection of Civil Rights act

#2: prevention of atrocities act (for SC and ST)

1955 1989
Extends to whole India Whole India minus J&K
Punishment for practice of untouchability
  • Preventing offenses by persons other er than SC and ST, to ST/ST victims
  • + relief, rehabilitation.

Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY)

  • launched in March 2010 as a pilot scheme for inte-grated development of 1000 SC majority villages
  • The scheme is presently being implemented in five States viz. Assam (100 villages), Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (225 villages each).

Manual Scavenging

  • National Scheme for Liberation and Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (NSLRMS) has been in operation since 1992.
  • Towards rehabilitating the manual scavengers and dependents
  • The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012’, has been introduced in the Parliament.
  • Survey of Manual Scavengers in the rural areas is underway as a part of the Socio-economic Caste Census (Rural).

11th FYP: SC welfare

Earlier the 11th  Five Year Plan (2007–12) adopted a three pronged strategy:

Strategy How?
  1. Social Empowerment
  • top priority assigned to education
  1. Economic Empowerment
  • via promoting employment-cum-income generation activities
  1. Social Justice
  • to eliminate all types of discrimination via legislative support, affirmative action, awareness generation and change in the mind-set of the people.

12th FYP: SC welfare goals/targets

  1. security and dignity of all SCs especially women
  2. Complete end to all forms of ‘untouchability’ and discrimination against them.
  3. To bring SC men and women at par with their non-SC/ST counterparts regarding education, health, nutrition, housing, income generation and employability.
  4. empower SCs to participate in society and in nation-building, on an equal basis with others
  5. Distribute surplus government land to landless SC agricultural labourers in the rural areas.
  6. TRIFED like organization marketing products of SC entrepreneurs/artisans.

Scheduled Tribes

Constitutional provisions

Art Sch What?
244/1 5th Scheduled areas Other than AMTM
244/2 6th Scheduled areas in AMTM (Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram)
342
  • Procedure to be followed for specification of STs.
  • There are over 700 ST notified under this article.
  • There are 75 identified PVTGs  (primitive tribal groups) spread across 17 States/UTs.
366 Definition of STs

States without ST communities

  • Haryana
  • Punjab
  • UT of Delhi, Chandigarh and Pondicherry

PESA 1996

Art What?
243M that nothing in Part IX of the Constitution relating to Panchayat shall apply to Fifth Schedule areas= in the 9 States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Rajasthan.
243(4)B Parliament may, by law extend the provisions of this Part to the Scheduled Areas.
  • subsequently done in 1996 Parliament enacted ‘The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (=PESA).
  • PESA has been very poorly implemented across the nine States.

PESA: problems?

  • Absence of a proper administrative definition of the village that is in consonance with the Act.
  • All States, without exception, have continued with their earlier revenue definitions of the village. Thereby, not only does a village at times consist of 10–12 scattered hamlets, but several revenue villages are clubbed together to form a Gram Panchayat.
  • Success of PESA hinges crucially on the effective functioning of the Gram Sabha.
  • Today, even in tribal areas, there is no automaticity to the functioning of the Gram Sabha and there is a large measure of exclusion of women.
  • The LWE districts extend across significant parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, leading to the term, ‘The Red Corridor’.
  • While the senior leadership of the party is mostly drawn from non-tribal communities, much of the rank and file comes from local villages and has built on their grievances emanating from the non-implementation of PESA

Forest Rights Act 2006

  • full name Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
  • The Act recognises and vests individual forest-dwellers with forest rights to live in and cultivate forest land that was occupied before 13 Dec 2005.

Rights such as

  1. right to live in forest
  2. right to self-cultivation for livelihood
  3. community right to use minor forest produce, grazing, fish and other products of water bodies,
  4. Right to in situ rehabilitation including alternative land in cases where they have been illegally evicted or displaced
  5. Right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage any community forest resources  (although this sounds more like a ‘duty’ than ‘right’!)

Ashram Schools

  • Ashram Schools provide education with residential schooling to ST boys and girls.
  • State Governments are eligible for 100 per cent Central Share for construction of Girls’ Ashram Schools and also for construction of Boys’ Ashram Schools in naxal areas.
  • For the other Boys’ Ashram Schools, the funding to State Government is on 50:50 basis.
  • 12th FYP wants 100% central funding for ST hostels in all areas

12th FYP: ST welfare

  • clear cut personnel policy with regard to posting of officials in tribal areas: fixed tenure and incentives.
  • No post in the implementing agencies in scheduled areas/areas with tribal majority should be left vacant;
  • Better connectivity through railways in naxal affected area and tribal areas.
  • Converge MGNREGA with artisanal work to provide livelihood to tribals, many of whom are engaged in artisanal work.
  • Land and Tenancy Reform: Deal with outstanding matters of tribal ownership.
  • Better and speedy implementation of PESA and FRA Institutional Mechanism of Conflict Resolutions
Education
  • A special problem is that the STs use a language which is typically different from that of the State and this hampers their ability to do well in the educational system.
  • Hence Qualified teachers belonging to the local tribal communities should be trained and placed in position as teachers in Ashram Schools.
  • need to expand schools and hostels for ST boys n girls.
Scholarship
  • Govt. should directly pay college fees of ST students.
  • The fee should be paid promptly during the academic year so as to avoid any harassment to ST students
Health
  • Increase cadre of health workers to better serve tribals
  • traditional healers can be trained and be entrusted with the responsibility of treating the people.
  • All tribal habitations should be provided with safe drinking water supply sources and sanitation facilities by the end of the Twelfth Plan period.
  • Frequent immunisation campaigns may be taken up at regular intervals in tribal areas
  • awareness programs for gender bias and wrong customary practices early child-bearing, smoking, drug-addiction, alcohol, unsafe sex etc.
Nutrition
  • prevent the problem of malnutrition, local cereals, along with pulses and oils in adequate quantity should be ensured to the tribal families
Income
  • One of the reasons as to why tribal communities are not economically advanced in spite of their land holdings is that they have no skill in business.

hence Efforts need to be made to encourage tribal entrepreneurship

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