Punjab SC scholarship scheme: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday condemned the government for misappropriating funds meant for the Scheduled Caste (SC) post-matric scholarship scheme and not releasing Rs 1,549 crore to private educational institutions which had endangered the future of two lakh SC students.
Former minister Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that the Punjab government had failed to release the SC post-matric scholarship to private institutions continuously since the last three financial years due to which there was a huge backlog.
“Now the very future of SC students has been threatened with the Joint Association of Colleges stating it will withhold the roll numbers of SC students in protest against the non-disbursal of the scholarship to the institutions,” the Shiromani Akali Dal leader said.
Terming this development as extremely unfortunate, Daljit Cheema said the Congress government was directly responsible for this state of affairs.
“The State government has failed to release one rupee from the Rs 2,440 crore budgetary provisions made for the SC scholarship scheme for the last three years. This is not all,” he added.
“There have been large-scale bungling in the SC scholarship disbursal with former social welfare department Principal Secretary accusing its minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot of misappropriating Rs 64 crore. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh shielded the corrupt minister which has led to the present situation”, he added.
Asking Captain Amarinder Singh to sit up and take notice of the plight of SC students, Dr Cheema said the population of Dalit students which was four lakh during SAD tenure had reduced drastically under Congress rule. He said the now even the future of the two lakh students who were studying in private institutions had become bleak.
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