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Under Modi, record rise in unspent funds for Dalits & tribals

The plans are run on guidelines issued from time to time by the NITI Aayog. But given that the Aayog lacks muscle to enforce them, the guidelines are simply ignored

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A woman holds her child as she stands outside her house at the Dalit village of Bhaddi Kheda in Lucknow district, Uttar Pradesh. More than one-third of the funds allocated by central ministries to the two funds meant for Dalits and the adivasis–the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP)–remained unspent in 2014-15. Corruption drains away the little that does trickle down to the Dalits and adivasis, our investigation found. In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, then the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra ...