Chandigarh, Nov 22 (UNI) Haryana Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Mr Krishan Kumar said the state government has undertaken significant works for the social, economic and educational upliftment of people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes during the last four years which was never undertaken by the previous governments.
The government has done more than what it had promised in the manifesto, he said.
Mr Kumar was addressing a press conference at which he outlined the achievements of the Department during last four years, here on Thursday. Principal Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department Neerja Sekhar and other senior officers of the Department were also present.
Mr Kumar said, ” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has taken the decision to celebrate the birth anniversaries of great personalities like Maharshi Valmiki, Kabir Das and Dr B R Ambedkar, at governmental level to accord them a befitting tribute.”
He said ,” as per Census 2011, out of the total 253.51 lakh population of Haryana, 51.14 lakh people belonged to Scheduled Castes which is 20.17 per cent of the total population of the state. The population of Scheduled Castes is 22.53 per cent in rural areas and 15.76 per cent in urban areas. Out of total 6,841 villages in the state, the Scheduled Castes population in 843 villages is 40 per cent or more.”
The Minister said ,” out of the total 75.55 per cent literacy rate of the state, the literacy rate of males is 84.06 per cent and females is 65.93 per cent whereas in case of total 66.85 per cent literacy rate of Scheduled Castes, the literacy rate of males is 75.93 per cent and of females is 56.65 per cent.”
Mr Krishan Kumar also informed that seven-member Haryana Safai Karamchari Aayog has been constituted. Also, the Chief Minister has already given approval for providing lump sum financial assistance to children of Scheduled Castes families to encourage them for higher education. This included Rs 8,000 for matric, Rs 10,000 for ten plus two and 12,000 for graduation.
Informing that the amount of incentive being given under ‘Mukhya Mantri Samajik Samrasta Antarjatiya Vivah Shagun Yojana’ has been increased from Rs 1.01 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh, Mr Kumar said ” this incentive has been provided to 249 couples in 2014-15, 359 couples in 2015-16, 465 couples in 2016-17, 684 couples in 2017-18 and 638 couples in 2018-19.”
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