Punjab AAP protests scam in scholarships for Dalit students
Two lakh students disadvantaged, cash given to faux faculties, say AAP leaders.
Aam Aadmi Party employees and leaders on Monday staged a protest near the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in opposition to alleged irregularities in the post-matric scholarship scheme for Dalit students.
AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly led the protesters, who have been prevented from reaching the CM’s residence.
Mr. Cheema alleged that Congress authorities had squandered large quantities of cash meant for scholarships of two lakh Dalit students, jeopardising their future. “At the behest of the government, the police administration has violated our constitutional right to protest, but we will continue our struggle and the AAP workers would go on hunger strike on June 15 in front of the offices of Deputy Commissioners in all the districts across the State,” mentioned Mr. Cheema.
He mentioned AAP’s battle would proceed till a police case was registered in opposition to the wrongdoers below Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Senior AAP chief Manwinder Singh Giaspura mentioned the investigation report submitted by senior IAS officer Kirpa Shankar Saroj on the alleged post-matric scholarship scam revealed that the scholarships got to faux faculties. “As a result, genuine private colleges have not received funds and lakhs of Dalit students have been deprived of their right to education,” he mentioned.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Saravjit Kaur Manuke, mentioned “While the government has embezzled the scholarship money of Dalit students, it has also discriminated in giving jobs to Dalit youth and promotions to employees.”