Diversion of funds to CWG wrong: Chidambaram

Diversion of funds to CWG wrong: Chidambaram

MUMBAI: The Government admitted in the Rajya Sabha today that diversion of funds meant for the welfare of SC/STs to Commonwealth Games projects by the Delhi Government was "wrong" and efforts would be made to bring them back to the SC/ST Fund.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said, "In my view prima facie that using Rs 6.79 billion out of Schedule Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) to contribute for CWG appears to be wrong".

Responding to membersā€˜ demand, he said this money spent from the SCSP would be brought back to the welfare fund.

Earlier in the month, Rajya Sabha had witnessed disruptions by members of the Bahujan Samaj Party over the issue, which came to light through a Right to Information application.

As per the information given by Delhi government through RTI, nearly Rs 7.44 billion from Delhi?s special component plan (SOP), which is meant for improving the standard of living of the poor sections of the community through various government schemes and programmes, was diverted to the Games projects.

Chidambaram said that Delhi government had got around Rs 80 billion for five years from 2006-7 to 2009-10, under the special component plan. He noted that, as was common practice with various other state governments, Delhi had divided this fund into two categories, divisible and indivisible. The divisible category was for schemes which affected the scheduled castes and tribes directly.

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