Andhra Pradesh Assembly adopts India’s first legislation on Sub-plans for SCs/STs
Andhra Pradesh Assembly adopted a Bill to provide legislative support to the Sub-Plans for SCs and STs with a mandatory provision for allocation of nearly a fourth of the State’s annual plan of the budget for them.
With this, AP has become the first State in the country to adopt the law according legal status to the Sub-Plans for SCs and STs as insisted for a long time on States by the Planning Commission and National Development Council (NDC). The legislation will be effective from the State’s 2013-14 budget.
What would this legislation do?
- The legislation would convert the Sub-Plans a right of the SCs and STs, mandatory to successive Chief Ministers.
- There was no constitutional provision to prevent lapsing of SC/ST funds, as the Assembly was empowered to adopt annual budget merely for one year.