Hyderabad: The former Chief Justice of India, Justice K Ramaswamy has said that the State Assembly should enact the SC and ST Sub-Plan Act in order to bring in accountability in implementation of the SC Special Component Plan and ST Sub-Plan in the State.
Justice Ramaswamy was speaking as the chief guest at a round table conference on the “SC Special Component plan and ST Sub-Plan” organized under the aegis of the Centre for Dalit Studies at the Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram, here on Wednesday. He said that the Secretary of the Social Welfare Department should be roped in the proper implementation of this act. “The budgetary allocation by all departments towards the SC and ST Communities has to be made in accordance with their population”, he said. He also stressed that a “monitoring committee” which consists of official and non-officials members and NGOs and civil society, should be nominated by the State government at various levels like the State, district, municipality, Gram Panchayat for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of this scheme.
Justice Ramaswamy also said that such monitoring committee has to meet once in every three months to evaluate the implementation of the Sub-Plan and send a report to the Secretary to the State government. He would also take an affirmative action in case of any irregularities. “He shall compile the reports, draft consolidated report and place it on the floor of the Legislative House with action taken report thereon, together with the copies of the reports”, he added. He referred to the diversion of funds meant for the SC and ST Communities to other programmes, and said that if there was any unspent amount in any department, then it has to be earmarked for the purpose of their education. He also spoke about the lack of quality education and huge drop outs in these communities.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya has welcomed the draft legislation prepared by Justice Ramaswamy and said that it could be a model for other states to emulate. Extending his party’s support to the draft Bill, he said that the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy should take the initiative to table a Bill in the Legislative House in this regard.
The State Malamahanadu president, Mr Jupudi Prabhakar Rao said that awareness about the said draft Bill has to be generated among the common people. “The said Sub-Plan has to be percolated to the ground level, and for the purpose proper training and awareness should be provided to the bureaucrats”, he observed.
The CPI (M) leader, Mr Y Venkateshwar Rao, the CPI leader, Mr Rama Narsimha Rao, the CDS president and vice-president, Mr Y V Satyanarayana and Mr Mallepalli Laxmaiah, also spoke. (NSS)