New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government’s welfare programmes, the Ministry of Rural Development has decided to use the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011 data for selecting beneficiaries, Parliament was informed today.

“Ministry of Rural Development has published data for rural areas and decided to use SECC, 2011 data for selecting beneficiaries under its programmes. The use of SECC data will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the programmes,” Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Planning, said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The government had conducted the SECC to collect socio-economic data of households in the rural and urban areas of the country.

SECC, 2011 was carried out by the respective state/union territory governments with the financial and technical support of the Government of India.

Replying to a separate query, the Minister said that financial allocation under different schemes are provided on the basis of funds requirement estimated by the respective ministry/department where the scheme rests.

“On the basis of the recommendation of B K Chaturvedi Committee, Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) were restructured and significantly reduced from 147 schemes to 66 schemes, included in central assistance to state & UT Plan (CASP) and its mode of transfer changed from existing different channels to be only routed through state consolidated fund since financial year 2014-15,” he said.

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