Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, while presenting the union budget for 2011-12, has announced that specific allocations are being earmarked towards scheduled castes sub-plan and tribal sub-plan for the first time in the budget.
These will be shown in the budgets of the relevant ministries and departments under separate minor heads of account.
Referring to the allocation for primitive tribal groups, the finance minister announced an increase from Rs185 crore in 2010-11 to Rs244 crore in 2011-12.
Emphasising that empowerment flows from education, the finance minister said that a new pre-matriculation scholarship scheme will be introduced in 2011-12 for needy students belonging to the scheduled castes and tribes studying in classes ninth and tenth.
Mukherjee pointed out that the new scheme would benefit about 40 lakh scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students.