12% Hike in Budgetary Allocation for Minority Affairs, 20% for Tribals

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NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2018-19 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The central government has allocated Rs 4,700 crore for the Minority Affairs, a hike of around 12% from the allocation in the previous budget.

The government has proposed to spend around Rs 2,500 crore of that allocation on education empowerment.

Allocations for Minority Affairs

Union Budget 2018-19 (Rs in Crores)

  2017-18 2018-19
Minority Affairs 4,195 4,700
CS+CSS 3,969 4,460
of which    
Education Empowerment 2,054 2,453
Skill Development & Livelihood 635 602
MSDP 1,200 1,320

 

For welfare schemes meant for Scheduled Castes, the government has increased the budgetary allocation from Rs 52,719 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 56,619 in the 2018-19 budget.

For Scheduled Tribes, the budget has been increased to Rs 39,135 crore in the new budget from the Rs 32,508 in the last year’s budget.

Allocations for Minorities, SCs and STs

Union Budget 2018-19 (Rs in Crores)

Social Categories 2017-18 2018-19 Increase
Minority Affairs 4,195 4,700 505 (12%)
Scheduled Castes 52,719 56,619 3,900 (7.39%)
Scheduled Tribes 32,508 39,135 6,627 (20.38%)

 

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