Historically, we see that welfare programmes in the beginning were directed to provide basic curative and rehabilitative services. For this, various schemes are introduced from time to time by State Governments keeping in mind its constitutional provisions. In this regards successive Governments have taken measures to improve the lot of Scheduled Castes people. Massive sums of money have been allocated for the purpose. The number of schemes adopted for the purpose is an indication of positive intent. However the impact in terms of the result and actual social and economic transformation is very disappointing. For the formulation, monitoring and reviewing of schemes of Special Component Plan, the State Government has set up a separate Directorate under the overall control of Welfare Department with the objective to channalise the flow of benefits and outlay from the General Sector in the State Plan for the Development of Scheduled Castes in physical and financial terms. In view of the economic backwardness of Scheduled Castes, there is a need to implement such programmes which directly improve economic status of the Scheduled Castes. The Special Component Plan helps the poor Scheduled Castes through comprehensive and integrated beneficiary oriented programmes for individual/families/groups of families for raising their socio-economic conditions. So, the present paper has been designed to access the impact of Welfare Schemes by anaylising the data available to understand the changing patterns and status of living in the lives of the so far neglected sections of our society.
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Lakhvir Singh. Welfare Schemes: Impact on Educational Status of Scheduled Castes in Rural Punjab. Int. J. Rev. and Res. Social Sci. 2018; 6(3): 214-218 . doi: 10.5958/2454-2687.2018.00017.5