Dushyant Kumar Gautam
Welfare Schemes for Scheduled Caste people on the completion of one year of Modi Government 2.0 under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Bhai Modi have brought huge change in their condition.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Yojana, the Modi government is extending various types of welfare schemes to all eligible beneficiaries of the country. Today, not only India, but the whole world is struggling with this Covid-19 epidemic i.e. Coronavirus. In the time of this crisis of Covid-19, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is taking tremendous steps to give relief to the people. Under the leadership Modi ji, the country’s economy remains strong even during the crisis of Covid-19. India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by 1.73 billion dollar to 487.04 billion dollar. Today, even during this crisis, it is a matter of great honour and pride for the countrymen with Modi government minister i.e Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan is unanimously appointed the Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO). Today, under the leadership of Modi ji, India is in a better position in view of Covid-19 by taking the right decision at the right time, and India’s recovery rate is at the top.
The Modi government has done a wonderful job by announcing ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ package of Rs 20 lakh crore for financially strengthening every region of the country and turn the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity. In this more and more scheduled castes will get benefits through various schemes.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, 6.8 crore LPG cylinders have been given free of cost to 8 crore beneficiaries from mid-April to May in which most of the people belong to SC / ST category. This scheme has proved to be a boon for scheduled caste families living in rural areas.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, about 9500 villages of Scheduled Castes are covered and the scheme is extended to an additional 3584 villages.
50% capital subsidy for projects up to Rs.5 lakhs related to sanitation for the target group to promote mechanized cleaning of sewers and septic tanks introduced.
Provision of Rs 536 crore for providing relief to victims and setting up state-of-the-art call centers under PCR and POA Act.
Due to the removal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir under the leadership of the respected Prime Minister Modi ji, the Scheduled Castes (mostly sweepers), who lived there from generations, were not allowed common rights, today they have got them. Now, their residence certificates, caste certificates etc. are being issued and they are taking advantage of all government schemes.
Under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ package, the street vendors are also facilitated in which most of them belong to scheduled castes community. A special credit facility of Rs 5000 crores has been provided for them. The scheme will support around 5 million street vendors.
According to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ package, there is a provision of ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ to empower the poor, migrant labourers, many of whom are from the Scheduled Castes category and those who are non-card holders will be given 5 kg of wheat / rice and 1kg gram per family.
The removal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir under the leadership of the respected Prime Minister Modi ji, the Scheduled Castes (mostly sweepers), who lived there from generations, did not have common rights, today they have got them. Regardless of how educated a person belongs to the scheduled caste community from Jammu and Kashmir, whether he becomes a doctor, whether he becomes an engineer, but in Jammu and Kashmir, he was employed as a sweeper, they were not only deprived from benefit of reservation, but even they were denied of general rights and they were subject of so much exploitation. Today the Modi-led government has removed Article 370 and the Scheduled Castes have got general rights along with the benefits of reservation.
Today, the Scheduled Caste community has also benefitted greatly from the CAA Act introduced by the Government of India under the leadership of Modi ji. The Hindu (Scheduled Castes) living in Pakistan, were suffering from atrocities, exploitation and their families were tortured. They are now benefited with CAA Act. Today, under the leadership of Modi ji, the Scheduled Caste community is feeling completely safe.
A package of Rs 10,000 Crore for Formalization of Micro Food Enterprises has been announced. This scheme enhances the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Vocal for Local with Global’. Unorganized Micro Food Enterprises (MFEs) units need technical upgrading to achieve FSSAI food standards, brand building and marketing. Cluster based approaches like Mango in UP, Tomato in Karnataka, Chilli in Andhra Pradesh, orange in Maharashtra etc. are the need of hour.
With the promotion of herbal farming our scheduled caste community will get full benefits and their dream of self-reliant industries along with which employment will be ensured.
To promote entrepreneurship of scheduled castes, the Modi government has announced loans from 10 lakh to 1 crore.
Under the Standup India Scheme, the Modi government has made women businessmen belonging to the Scheduled Castes self-reliant and self-sufficient by arranging a bank loan of 1 crore rupees.
Under the Ayushman Yojana scheme, Modi government providing health insurance of upto 5 lakhs to each beneficiary under the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Yojana, in which the entire Scheduled Castes community has got full benefits.
(The writer is MP Rajya Sabha and
National Vice President, BJP)