New Delhi : 01 February 2017, Dr. Udit Raj, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations thanked the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley for implementing outcome based monitoring by the Niti Aayog for Special Component Plan (SCP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) budgets while presenting the General Budget 2017 – 18 in Parliament today. Dr. Udit Raj referred to demands he had made to the Shri Arun Jaitley vide his D.O. letters dated 31st January 2016 and 21st November 2016, and his meeting in this regard with Shri Arun Jaitley in February 2016 requesting that a separate unit should be created in the Niti Aayog under a Principal Advisor for SCP with adequate staff to appraise the Annual SCP Plans of Central Ministries/ Departments, finalize the allocation and to evaluate the outcomes at the end of the financial year.
Dr. Udit Raj thanked Shri Arun Jaitley for implementing outcome based monitoring for SCP/TSP plans and requested that such funds be deployed with a particular focus on education, income generation and access to basic amenities in SC/ST localities in the country. He also thanked the Minister for increasing allocation under SCP in the year 2017 – 18 to Rs. 52,393 crore from Rs. 38,833 crore in 2016 – 17, an increase of 35% and for increasing allocation under TSP in the year 2017 – 18 to Rs. 31,920 crore from Rs. 24,005 crore in 2016 – 17. Dr. Udit Raj again reiterated his long pending demand that a comprehensive legislation be introduced in Parliament for proper implementation of SCP/TSP funds on the lines of the Andhra Pradesh SC/ST Sub Plan Act, 2013 to codify the various improvements required for proper implementation of SCP and TSP. He also said that he had raised this issue many times in Parliament, and requested that such changes be made at the earliest so that SCP/TSP funds become non – lapsable and non – divertible.