New Delhi: The AAP government in Delhi spent Rs 30 lakh on advertisements for student loans’ scheme, but only three students got a mere Rs 3.15 lakh till December last, Swaraj India on Saturday claimed, as it sought to rupture the ‘tall claims’ made by the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation in the field of education. The Higher Education and Skill Guarantee Scheme is Delhi government’s flagship programme.
Addressing a press conference, Yogendra Yadav said doubling of education budget is also a ‘myth’ as figures tell a different tale and stated the number of schools and colleges in the national capital show a decline, contrary to the claims made by the Delhi government. “Till December 30, 2016 (in the past year-and-a-half), loans were given to 97 students of the 405 applicants through this scheme. Of these, the Delhi government gave only 3 loans, limiting their exposure to a mere Rs 3.15 lakhs,” he said.
“All the remaining loans were financed through a similar central government scheme. In its very first year (2015-16), the government made an advertising expenditure of over Rs 30 lakhs,” Yadav said. He Yadav claimed that information was sought through RTI and official documents of Delhi government. The Aam Aadmi Party refused to react on Yadav’s allegations. AAP’s Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey said, “We don’t want to comment on the claims those who have no role to play in growth of Delhi politics.” PTI
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