The concept of Special Component Plan for the welfare of SCs (SCP) was that all the department shall take specific schemes for socio-economic development of SCs. Its essence was that the schemes should be based on their developmental needs.
As per the 2001 Census, the total population of Delhi was 1,38,50,507 person. The Scheduled Castes (SC) population of Delhi was 23.43 lakh, which was 16.92% of Delhi’s total population of 138.50 lakh. At the national level, the SC population comprises 16.90% of the total population.
According to census records, there is no Scheduled Tribe (ST) population in Delhi, as none of the tribes are notified as Scheduled Tribes in the city. So far, the Delhi Backward Classes (DBC) Commission of Delhi has notified 54 castes as Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Delhi, but no authentic estimate is available regarding the OBC population in Delhi.