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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

Parliamentary body for SC/ST panel in state

Parliamentary body for SC/ST panel in state
Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of SC and ST during a meeting with the Chief Secretary and senior officers of the state government in Shimla on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 13

The SC/ST Commission should be constituted in Himachal Pradesh on the analogy of other states of the country, said Dr Kirit P Solanki, chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, here on Wednesday.

Presiding over the meeting with the Chief Secretary and senior officers of the state government, Solanki said strict action must be initiated in the cases of atrocities against the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people. Fast-track courts should be established for the speedy disposal of cases of atrocities against the SC and ST in the country, he said.

He expressed satisfaction over the activities being undertaken by the state government for the welfare of the SC and ST people.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhary told the panel that the state had 25.29 per cent SC population and 8.88 per cent ST population. The state was spending 25.19 per cent of the state budget on the Scheduled Caste sub-plan, while Rs 65 crore had been earmarked under the Scheduled Tribe sub-plan for 2017-18, he said.

He said Himachal had set up the SC and ST Development Corporation to implement various welfare schemes for these sections. The government spent Rs374.54 crore to provide loan facility to 810 beneficiaries during the last three years, he said.

Chaudhary said the free telemedicine facility had been provided in the tribal areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Pangi.

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