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Welfare schemes for OBCs see 41.03% hike, drug addict's treatment in focus
By TOG News Service
Feb 14, 2018

 TOG News Service, NEW DELHI, FEB 14, 2018: THE Union Budget 2018 saw an increased allocation to the Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment, which received Rs 7750.00 crores, in relation to the Rs 6908.00 crores allocated in 2017. Thus the overall budget allocation saw a 12.10% hike. Also the budget allocated to various schemes was increased this year by 11.57%, with the budget allocated towards welfare of the OBC class seeing a major boost by 41.03%.

Thereby, a New scheme Venture Capital Fund for OBCs, on similar lines as Venture Capital Fund for SCs, would be launched with an initial corpus of Rs. 200 crore.  Rs. 140 crore has been provided for this in 2018-19. The Skill Development Training has been given to 13,587 manual scavengers and their dependents. 809 manual scavengers and their dependents have been provided bank loans. Moreover for the first time, the National Survey would identify victims of drug abuse.  The survey covers 185 districts, 1.5 lakh households and 6 lakh individuals.  Such survey is already underway and is expected to be completed by March-April, 2018. In the interim period, Rs. 200 crore has been provided for rehabilitation of victims of drugs abuse.  15 pilot districts across the country would be taken up for intensive activities. Under the scheme of rehabilitation of drug victims, outpatient facilities would be provided in all the centres supported by this Department. Instead of de-addiction centres, they will be renamed as Treatment Clinics.  Such treatment clinics will be set up in major prisons, juvenile homes and major Government hospitals in the States.