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India Union Budget 2018-19 Highlights: Increase in funds for Dalits, Tribals in Union Budget

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that allocation to SCs was for 279 programmes for the community and the allocation to STs was for 305 programmes for the section.

Reported by: IANS, New Delhi [ Published on: February 01, 2018 13:24 IST ]
Image Source : PTI Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presenting the Union Budget 2018.

The allocation of funds for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) has been increased to Rs 56,619 crore and Rs 39,135 crore, respectively, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during his Budget presentation on Thursday.

"I propose to earmark allocation of (Rs) 56,619 crore for SCs and (Rs) 39,135 crore for STs in the BE of 2018-19," Jaitley said. 

Jaitley said that allocation to SCs was for 279 programmes for the community and the allocation to STs was for 305 programmes for the section. 

In 2017-18, the RE (revised estimate) of earmarked allocation for SCs was Rs 52,719 crore and Rs 32,508 for STs, Jaitley said. 

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