The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s proposal of a “new fund-sharing pattern”, wherein the Centre will bear majority of the financial burden of a scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste students, has been sent to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
The Centre will bear 60 per cent and states 40 per cent of the financial burden of the Post-Matric Scholarship scheme for SC students, as per the proposal.
So far, the scheme is being run on the concept of committed liability and due to this, the maximum part of financial burden had to be borne by state governments and UT administrations in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
“This will ensure certainty about flow of funds and reduce the financial burden on states,” an official said.
The ministry’s original proposal was a funding pattern of 75 and 25 per cent. The Expenditure Finance Committee then recommended to follow a fixed sharing pattern of 60:40. For the north-east, it’s in the 90:10 ratio.
A large share of the arrears accumulated at the end of the 12th year plan period and dues for 2017-18 have already been released, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria informed Parliament.
The total annual expenditure of the Centre and states on the scheme is about Rs 10,000 crore. — PTI
- Scheme is being run on concept of committed liability
- Maximum part of burden has to be borne by state govts, UT admns
- Under the proposal, Centre will bear 60%, states 40% of the financial burden
ON DUES FOR PUNJAB
An amount of Rs 425.92 crore due for Punjab, Gujarat and Goa for the period up to 2017-18 could not be released due to non-receipt of enabling documents from these states, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment RL Kataria informed Parliament.