Implementation of SCP and TSP in Union and State Budgets
In order to ensure direct “policy-driven” benefits for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) through specific interventions, the Planning Commission during the 1970s introduced plan strategies known as the Special Component Plan (SCP) and the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP). However, even though the SCSP and TSP have been operational for over 30 years, numerous problems exist in terms of the way they are being implemented. The study entitled “Implementation of Scheduled Castes Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan in the Union and State Budgets” evaluates the magnitude of budgetary resources being earmarked for SCs and ST and its composition in the Union and select state budgets. The study covered the Union Budget and five State Budgets - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.