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Pradhan Mantri Anusuichit Jati Abhyuday (PM-Ajay) (SCA to SCSP) earlier Known as SCA to SCSP.

The schemes of Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste sub plan (SCA to SCSP), Pradhan Mantru Adharsh Gram yojna (PMAJGY) and Babu Jagjeevan Ram Chhatarawas Yojna (BIRCY) have been merged into a single Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhyuday Yojna (PM-Ajay) from the Financial Year 2021-22. The Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste sub plan (SCA to SCSP) is operational by this department through DSSFDC.

The fundamental objectives and the basic operative principles of the Special Central Assistance Scheme are (a) economic development of the SC target groups by way of employment or self-employment (b) special emphasis on training and skill development with forward linkages for employment and occupational diversification

It has been the endeavor of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to serve the larger cause of the target group by guiding the State Governments in directing their efforts and initiatives from time to time. As a further initiative, the Ministry has decided to draw a new road map for the empowerment of the SC target groups in tune with the opportunities offered by the modern era of globalization and liberalization. In this exercise the most important component is quality and excellence, both in professional education and training which have a direct linkage with high end employment.

The need of the hour is to promote sunrise sectors through the Special Central Assistance mechanism without leaving any scope or possibility for dilution of the qualitative excellence of the new programmes. While doing so the emphasis would rest on choosing the best out of the available market by diligent observance of norms of propriety and transparency. It is thus felt necessary to include capacity building programmes matching the new sunrise high-end sectors within the existing format of the scheme of Special Central Assistance.

The Department for the Welfare of S/ST/OBC is implementing this scheme through DSFDC.