Centre has proposed to introduce a scheme to open residential schools for scheduled caste girls in educationally backward districts. This was stated by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot who was speaking at a regional conference of social welfare ministers from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, and officials from Chandigarh on 07 July 2017.
The schools will have classes from VI to XII and 70 per cent of the seats will be reserved for SC girls and the remaining for those from BPL families in other categories. The Centre is committed to ensure the welfare of scheduled caste and tribes, OBCs and BPL families through proper implementation of all centrally-sponsored social security and welfare schemes. He urged the ministers and officials to prepare a report on the financial assistance being given under different schemes and by the national financial corporations within a month.
Gehlot expressed satisfaction on the performance of the states in implementing social justice and empowerment schemes for the deprived sections. The minister also gave away cheques to entrepreneurs from the SCs, launched a website of Venture Capital Fund for SCs and a brochure on the subject. Union ministers Vijay Sampla and Ramdas Athawale also spoke on the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very keen to assist all the states in welfare activities for the betterment of people belonging to SCs and backward classes.