Scholarship for SCs: Release funds expeditiously, Punjab Chief Minister asks Centre
₹1,563 cr. for 2017-20 pending with Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, he says.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in search of launch of the State’s pending quantity and revised sharing sample below the Post Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Castes (PMS-SCs) for 2017-2020.
He mentioned non-release of funds would adversely have an effect on the training of SC college students.
The Chief Minister mentioned although the federal government of India had, on December 31, 2020, amended the rules for the scholarship to introduce a revised sharing sample (60:40), the identical had been made efficient solely from April 1, 2020. No determination had, nevertheless, been conveyed for April 1, 2017- March 31, 2020, thus jeopardising the way forward for scores of SC college students, he mentioned.
The Chief Minister mentioned he had in his earlier letters of October 2018 and February 9, 2020 dropped at the Prime Minister’s discover the State’s concern relating to ₹1,563 crore for 2017-20 nonetheless pending with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Pointing out that Punjab has the very best proportion of SC inhabitants within the nation, the Chief Minister mentioned the State deserves particular consideration on this depend. Further, being a border State, it must be ensured that its youth get the chance of training and employment in order that they don’t fall prey to anti-social and anti-national parts.
“Therefore, non-release of scholarship funds under the PMS-SCs would adversely affect the education of the SC students, who are unable to pay the fee from their own pocket.”