Reality Check India

Independence day adhoc benefit reminder

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on August 15, 2011

Half page ad seen in major papers on the occasion of Independence Day.

Blogged for the record.

Special benefits platform to prevent free agents


Some points are not clear in the image (trying to get a better quality picture) :

  • 75+ Lakh scholarships awarded till date.  Is there a scholarship platform for all Indians ?
  • 1.4 Lakh Crore given to Minorities under Priority Sector Lending. Are all poor not a priority sector ?
  • 4.22 Lakh houses under IAY (Indira Awas Yojna) for minorities. Do all people in this slum get houses ?
  • Jazzy website with online scholarship management (OSMS) . Are all Indians allowed to login ?
  • Lakhs of beneficiaries at all levels including post matric  (list here). Can all Indians get onto a similar list ?

The simple truth is the UPA government is running a targeted benefit rollout as if there exists a much larger secular programme in place.

Welcome to the twilight zone where inclusive turns into exclusive.


6 Responses

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  1. B Shantanu said, on August 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    RC: This is going on my blog – almost verbatim..(with a link back, of course).
    Trust you have no objection…

  2. rc said, on August 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Feel free sir.

  3. N said, on August 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I forwarded this to a friend and he told me that this is nothing but vicious hate propaganda. His premise is that these funds are available as a pool across ministries and this is the spend by the ministry of minority affairs. And in that context, there is nothing wrong – they are just telling what money was spent out of the central pool. Can you confirm that there is more to it than meets the eye?

  4. rc said, on August 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm


    The entire union budget is the central pool. Ask your friend to post details of the exact same govt schemes available on secular platform (i.e. available to every Indian). The secular scheme must be much larger than this so that a targeted scheme can be justified on grounds of under representation or discrimination.

    Ignoring words like ‘vicious hate propaganda’

  5. rc said, on August 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm


    Sorry my comment came out a bit too hard. I was in a hurry and engaged in a heated twitter argument.

    I understand why people would think this is vicious propaganda.

    1) The hard truth is much of these benefits are not available at all on a secular platform.

    2) The HRD ministry scholarships are very limited in scope and shameful for a country of India’s size. In fact they discontinued the national merit scholarship (old timers would remember this fondly) and introduced a new scheme. This has a total outlay of 1000 Cr. You have to understand how limited this is – check out the HRD website It pays about 1000 – 2000 rs pm. On top of that there is 50% quota + horizontal 50% for women.

    3) There is a tie up with banks but I believe it is mostly BPLR rates +/- some concessions.

    The Minority affairs ad says they have issued 75 Lakh scholarships so far. The total number of scholarships on the secular platform (it isnt secular – due to vert & horiz quota) is 82000 p.a. It will take 100 years for to catch up.

    I stand by my post and kindly invite your friend to post here in comments section.

  6. RC:
    Not shocked but got to senses again, this time with proof; while the communal violence bill is waiting to be cleared in parliament.
    I want to press this on blog if you allow.

    Jai Bharat!

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