No UC certificate of Rs. 800 crore, Centre stops 1100 crore scholarship funds to Punjab.
Chandigarh(Narinder Jagga, Sept 13): The central government has stopped the release of 1100 crore rupees funds to Punjab for not providing utility certificates of Rs. 800 crores amount used in the past under post matric scholarship schemes. The amount was to be released for the education of SC/BC students studying in different educational institutes of Punjab. According to information, the Chief Minister of Punjab has written to the Union government three times in a month in this regard. But instead of releasing fund, the Ministry has not given any reply to the letters. Finally, the Minister of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare, Punjab Sadhu Singh Dharmosot, has to go to meet with Union Minister Thavar Chand Gahlot, tomorrow to sort out the issue.According to the information, all types of expenditure for the education of SC/BC students are given by the Union Government under the post scholarship scheme. But in 2015-16 only 60 percent of the grant was released by the central government. In the year 2016-17, no fund was released to Punjab. The new session of the year 2017-18 has begun. At present, there is outstanding of Rs.1150 crore towards Centre for the year of 2015-16 and 2016-17.In fact, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has written letters to the Punjab Government to reply that released amount out of Rs. 1100 crore, where the Rs. 800 were spent. According to the letter written by the Union Ministry, Rs.1100 crore was released to Punjab under the Post Scholarship Scheme three years ago. The Utility Certificate of Rs. 300 crore was submitted, but for the rest amount of Rs. 800 crores, no UC was submitted by the Punjab till now.That is why the Centre has refused to release the amount of Rs 1100 crore to Punjab for the year 2016-17. In the private and unaided colleges of Punjab, more than 3 lakh students belonging to SC/BC has been getting education in various streams. All expenditure on the education of these students is born by the Union Government. The amount is to be released to these private and unaided educational institutions through state Government. But due to non-release of funds, private and unaided colleges are facing financial crisis. While confirming it, Minister Dharamsot told that he would meet the Union Minister in Delhi, tomorrow to sort out the issue, so that funds can be got released.
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