A group of ministers has recommended that 136 Special Navodaya Schools (SNV) be set up in SC-dominated villages. For the Scheduled Tribe, it has pegged the SNVs at 72.
After analysing the 2001 census, the Committee of Ministers for Dalit Affairs proposed that a special plan be drawn to ensure Dalit children have access to "quality education". To that end, it has suggested SNVs — where 60 per cent of the seats would be earmarked only for SC/ST children — be set up in villages where SC/ST population is 40 per cent or more.
On the economic front, the panel has backed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposal to extend the Madhya Pradesh model of reserving one-third of government's requirement from SCs and STs.