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Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM
Subject: [PMARC] Dalits Media Watch - News Updates 21.06.10
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DVE diverted 'Dalit students' coaching funds - C2C Live
Mayawati expresses unhappiness over encroachment on SC, ST land - The Times Of India
Bangalore: The Director of Vocational Education (DVE) has diverted Rs.1.97 crore earmarked for providing extra coaching and to supply study material to students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for payment of salary expenditure for regular employees, violating the guidelines of the Planning Commission.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (Civil), who disclosed this serious lapse on the part of the DVE, in his annual report ending March 2009, said that the Special Component Plan (SCP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) are designed to channelise the flow of funds from the general sector to schemes for development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes children.
According to guidelines issued in October 2005 by the Planning Commission, the State Government was to formulate action plans for schemes which would directly benefit individuals or families belonging to SCs and STs.
Funds under the schemes were not to be diverted or allowed to lapse and should be used for this purpose only. Scrutiny of records of the Director of Vocation Education in December 2008 revealed that Rs. 2.47 crore was released in April 2007 by the Government to the DVE under the SCP (Rs.1.76 crore) and TSP (Rs.71 lakhs) for 2007-08.
Out of this, Rs.1.97 crore was payable towards honoraria to the teachers, who imparted extra coaching to the SC and ST students and to supply study material to the students, so as to enable them to perform better in the examination. The balance amount was earmarked for improvement of infrastructure in schools. The Director, instead of proposing an action plan to utilise these funds as per the guidelines submitted in August 2007, came out with a proposal to utilise Rs.1.43 crore under SCP and Rs. 54 lakh under TSP to meet the salary/remuneration expenditure in respect of selected courses although the expenditure on this account was to be met out of general budgetary provisions.
The State Government approved the proposals sent in August 2007 by the Director and funds were released in the next two months to the colleges, concerned resulting in diversion of funds earmarked for providing extra coaching and study material to SC/ST students.
In view of the decline in the pass percentage of SC, ST students from an average 74.10 per cent (2002-04) to an average 57.72 per cent (2005-07), it was all the more essential for the Department to ensure extra coaching and additional study material to the Dalits.
The Government, the CAG said, in its reply in July 2009, argued that the funds under SCP and TSP were utilised, as sufficient funds were not available, during the early period of 2007-08 in the regular budget.
Not satisfied by the reply, the CAG said that it was not justifiable as these funds were meant for imparting extra coaching and to provide study material to the SC, ST students and fund diversion denying direct benefits contemplated by the Commission's schemes for them.
The Times Of India
Mayawati expresses unhappiness over encroachment on SC, ST land
PTI, Jun 19, 2010, 08.29pm IST
'Most Dalit students lack access to information on education'
Dalit Manch lays siege to DAC, burns effigy
Hundreds of Dalits, under the banner of Punjab Dalit Chetna Manch, laid siege to the District Administrative Complex (DAC) and burnt the effigy of the district administration for its alleged anti-Dalit approach.
Some protesters tried self-immolation, while some youngsters climbed up the rooftop of the DAC threatening to jump, but heavy police force, led by SP (City) Sukhwant Singh Gill and DSP (City-II) Swarandeep Singh managed to persuade the protesters from taking any drastic steps.
The protesters continued to squat in the middle of the road in front of the DAC, Phase I, for three hours and rented the air with slogans against the district administration and state government. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar asked the Manch president Shamsher Singh to withdraw the protest while assuring to sort out the issue within three days.
The protest was staged against the attack on some Dalits, allegedly by some upper caste people at Tasauli village in Mohali district on May 28. Later some Dalit families were allegedly ousted from the village but no complaint has been registered by the police so far, alleged manch president.
Earlier, the protesters gathered at the Manch office in Sector 70 here, from where they marched towards the DAC. Holding black flags, banners, posters and placards with anti-administration and anti-government slogans, the protesters shouted the slogans against the anti-Dalit forces.
Manch president threatened to intensify the protest if the matter was not sorted out within next three days.
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