Jalandhar, October 5
The Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) on Thursday urged Punjab Government to release a sum of around Rs 205 Crore out of the total Rs 1200 crore of Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) scheme before Diwali. An amount to the tune of Rs 115 crore has already been released by the centre government to the state government while around Rs 30 crore of academic year 2016-17 and Rs 60 crore of the current year is the committed state liability.A meeting of PUCA under the leadership of President, Dr. Anshu Kataria was held recently to take up the issue. Kataria said that due to the non payment of over Rs 1200 crore from last two years, the unaided colleges are also facing financial hardships. He said that even salaries of the teaching and non teaching staff of some of the unaided colleges were also pending for the last four to five months.Finance Secretary PUCA, CA Manmohan Garg said that the state government should release atleast 205 crore out of the total Rs 1200 crore before Diwali. They maintained that if any disparity was found in the audit, then that amount could be adjusted in the pending amount to be released further.
Gurfateh Singh Gill, Vice President, PUCA said that government should stop the payment of those colleges, where huge disparity in funds have been found during audit. “But, those colleges where no disparity in funds was found, they should not be penalized with delay in the release of Post Matric scholarship amount”, he said.The PUCA member also maintained that Punjab government should also help those colleges, whose accounts have been declared as Non Profit Assets (NPA) in the last some years due to non release of funds.
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