Bengaluru: Union Minister of State for Social Justice A. Narayanaswamy said that special courts would be set up by the Government to hold trials in connection with atrocities on Dalits as the rate of convicting is a mere 3 per cent. Over 6,000 cases are pending for disposal despite of chargesheet being filed by the police, he added.
He was speaking after holding a meeting with Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar and officials of the Social Welfare Department here on Friday February 11 to review the issue.
He said, Union Government has released fund of Rs. 6,392 Crore for various welfare schemes in 16 departments of which Rs. 4,519 was released and Rs 3,984 already spent. About 57,000 SCs and STs have benefited under the ‘Ganga Kalyana’ scheme and the State has been asked to send a fresh proposal for more grants as there are more beneficiaries, he said.
Regarding post-metric scholarships for students, he said the majority of students have not applied on the portal under the Direct Beneficiary Transfer (DBT) scheme due to technical snags, and instructed authorities to take care of this.
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