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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Empowering the Scheduled Castes

Dated 8th December 2000


1. Shri Darshan Kuraar, Retd. Pr. Adviser, IAS, House No. 1166. Sector 44B, Chandigarh 160047 Chairperson
2. Representative National Commission for SCs and STs
5th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi -110003.
3. Representative National Commission for Safai Karamcharis
4th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi 110003.
4. Representative, Department of Health, Niman Bhawan, New Delhi –110001 Member
5. Representative, Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy,
Red cross Building, New Delhi -110001.
6. Representative, Department of Elementary Education and Literacy
Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi- 110 001.
7. Representative, Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education,
Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi - 110001.
8. Representative, Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi –110003.
9. Representative, Ministry of Labour, Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi- 110001. Member
10. Representative, Deptt. of Rural Development, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi – 110001. Member
11. Representative, Deptt. of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi -110001. Member
12. Representative, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi - 110001. Member
13. Representative, Department of Women and Child Development, Shastri Bhavan,
New Delhi -110001.
14. Secretary EC and TD Division Planning Commission New Delhi –110001. Member
15. Representative, Ministry of Environment and Forests, C.G.O. Complex, New Delhi –110003. Member
16. Pr. Secretary, Deptt. of SC Welfare, Government of West Bengal, Writer's Building,
Calcutta - 700001
17. Secretary, Deptt. of Welfare, Government of Jharkhand, Ranchi - 800015. Member
18. Secretary, Deptt. of Adi-Dravider Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu,
Fort St. George, Chennai - 600 009.
19. Secretary, Deptt. of SC Welfare, Government of Uttaranchal, Dehradun- 248006. Member
20. Pr. Secretary, Deptt. of SC Welfare, Government of Chattisgarh, Raipur.  
21. Pr. Secretary, Deptt. of SC Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow – 226001. Member
22. Managing Director, National SC/ST Finance and Development Corporation
Plot No. 8, Balaji Estate, Guru Ravi Das Marg, Kalkaji, New Delhi –110019.
23 Managing Director, National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporations
B-2. Greater Kailash Enclave Part II, Savitri Crossing, New Delhi - 110065.
24. Director, National Institute of Rural Development
Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad - 500030.
25. Shri Iswar Bhai Patel, Social Worker (Safai Karamchari Welfare), Gujarat, Ahmedabad Member
26. Shri N.G. Uke, Ambedkar Samaj, 1217- A/A, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Member
27. Shri H. Harit, Dy. Adviser-Retd, Planning Commission, Yojana Vihar, Delhi - 110092. Member
28. Representative, Harijan Sewak Sangh, Kingsway Camp, Delhi. Member
29. Prof. Simhadri, Vice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras, Uttar Pradesh. Member
30. Joint Secretary (SCD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shastri Bhavan,
New Delhi- 110001.

Terms of Reference:

  1. to review the existing approach, strategies, priorities; the on-going policies and programmes and their implementation for the welfare, development and empowerment of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and suggest rationalization, minimization of the on-going programmes and effective inter-sectoral convergence;
  2. to identify neglected areas and groups; gaps weakness and bottlenecks in the implementation; and take note of the persisting and emerging problems' situations related to welfare, protection, development and empowerment of SCs in the changing socio-economic situation and suggest necessary interventions:
  3. to review the progress of the implementation of Special Component Plan (SCP) to ensure flow of 'population - proportionate' funds from other developmental sectors and utilization of Special Central Assistance (SCA) to SCP and suggest necessary measures to improve their effectiveness:
  4. to review the implementation of the existing legislations related to SCs and mechanisms for their enforcement and suggest corrective measures',
  5. to review the functioning of the existing Institutional Arrangements, both at the Central and State levels for implementation of policies and programmes for empowering SCs and suggest measures to make them more effective;
  6. to review and assess the involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions ' Local Self Government Bodies and NGOs in the implementation of programmes for empowering SCs and suggest specific measures for their effective involvement in planning process ; and
  7. to review the physical and financial achievements in relation to the targets fixed under various programmes for SCs during the Ninth Plan and project programme-wise requirements, both physical and financial for Empowering the Scheduled Castes during the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07).

The Chairman of the Working Group, if necessary, may constitute Sub-Groups on any specific area / problem and also co-opt additional Members.

The expenditure on TA/DA in connection with the meetings rtf the Working Group will be borne by the parent Department / Ministry Organization to which the officers belong. Non-official members will be entitled to TA / DA as admissible' to Grade-I Officers of the Government of India and this will be paid by the Planning Commission.

The Working Group shall submit its Report positively by 28th February 2001.