IEP Chandigarh, January 17
Punjab government has adopted multi-pronged approach for the overall development of Schedule Caste Category people in Punjab for which various welfare schemes by the state and centrally sponsored schemes are introduced.
Stating this in a press release today Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities of Punjab Minister, Dr. Baljit Kaur said that projects are sought in this connection from every district under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhyuday Yojana—PM-AJAY. Last date for submitting the project is January 20.
She said that the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities provide grants-in-aid to district/state level projects for the socio-economic betterment of Scheduled Castes under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhyuday Yojana for the year 2023-24. Under this project, proposals from all the districts of Punjab State are invited till 20th January 2023.
She said that this initiative is aimed at social empowerment through educational development; economic empowerment through income and employment enhancing avenues and integrated development of SC majority. Comprehensive livelihood projects related to income enhancement and skill development related to social and economic development of Scheduled Caste families/individuals will be covered under this scheme. These projects are planned and structured at state level and district level keeping in mind the needs of Scheduled Castes in urban and rural areas.
The minister said that chief aim of this project is socio-economic betterment of Scheduled Castes.