The government of Maharashtra is fully committed to the social and financial inclusion of all sections of society with a special focus on the welfare of the socially and economically backward castes. Under the guidance and direction on Shri Narendra Modi at a National Level and Shri Devendra Fadnavis at the state level, the government will remain fully committed to the cause of the backward.

Government Schemes and programmes for scheduled Cast

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is the nodal Ministry to oversee the interests of the Scheduled Castes. Though the primary responsibility for promotion of interests of the Scheduled Castes rests with all the Central Ministries in the area of their operations and the State Governments, the Ministry complements their efforts by way of interventions in critical sectors through specifically tailored schemes. Efforts made by State Governments and Central Ministries for protecting and promoting the interests of Scheduled Castes are also monitored.

Under the Scheduled Castes Development Bureau, the Ministry implements Schedules Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) which is an umbrella strategy to ensure flow of targeted financial and physical benefits from all the general sectors of development for the benefit of Scheduled Castes.

The National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) set up under the Ministry provides credit facilities to persons belonging to Scheduled castes living below double the poverty line limits (presently Rs.81,000/- p.a. for rural areas and Rs.103,000/- p.a. for urban areas), for income generating activities.

The Ministry implements two Acts for protecting the civil rights of the Scheduled Castes viz.

  1. Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and
  2. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989
  3. The prohibition of employment as Manual Scavengers & their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
  1. Scholarship Scheme
  2. - Shahu Maharaj Scholarship - click here

    - Foreign Education Scholarship - click here

    - Military School Scholarship - click here

    - Savitribai Fule Scholarship - click here

    - Secondary School OBC Scholarship - click here

    - Asvachchh Kamgar Family Student Scholarship - click here

  3. School education
  4. - Hostels - click here

    - Shahu Maharaj Award - click here

  5. Higher education - click here
  6. Professional education - click here
  7. Foreign education - click here
  8. Hostel Facilities - click here
Social Upliftment
  1. Schemes – Handicapped Welfare
  2. - Schemes 1 - click here

    - Schemes 2 - click here

    - Schemes 3 - click here

    - Schemes 4 - click here

    - Schemes 5 - click here

  3. Intercaste Marriage Encouragement - click here
  4. Ramai Housing Scheme - click here
  5. Kanyadan Scheme - click here
  6. Self-empowerment scheme
  7. Matoshri Old age support scheme - click here
  8. Financial Support Scheme - click here
Skill Training and Development
  1. Research and Training
  2. Driving Training - click here
  3. Police pre-recruitment training centre - click here
  4. On demand business training - click here
  5. Industrial and Technical Training