Senior congress leader Sunil Jakhar said that Rs 774.53 crore grant was not given to the SC students
Jalandhar: Former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar on Monday cornered BJP Punjab President and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla over the delay in issuing Rs 774.53 crore grant of Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme meant for the dalit students in Punjab.
Jakhar asked Sampla to explain that why despite being ‘Union Minister of State of the concerned department and a prominent ‘Dalit leader’, he failed to get the grant for the educational welfare of the Scheduled Castes (SC) students.
The CLP leader said that centre government’s share of Rs 774.53 crore in the scholarship grant was yet to be released. “Out of this grant, Rs 527.68 crore was of the last fiscal year while Rs 245.08 crore of the current year. The state and the centre government was sitting over the backlog while the students were suffering”, he said.
Addressing a press conference, Jakhar said that Sampla holds the charge of Punjab BJP chief and was being projected as a prominent Dalit leader of the saffron party but why was the Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme grant delayed. “Last year on July 24, the centre government had objected on the utility of funds provided to the Punjab government. The state government failed to provide the utilitisation certificate, leading to unwarranted delay”, he said.
The senior congress leader also said, “The letter written by the centre government to the Punjab government stated that ‘Utilisation certificate furnished by the state government is not correct’, which indicated that how the funds meant for the dalit students were misused by the Punjab government.”
Jakhar also asked Sampla that whether he would follow ‘Raj Dharma’ or the ‘Gathbandhan (coalition) dharma’, as his stand on such a serious matter was not clear. “Seemingly, the state government had diverted the funds allotted for the Post Matric SC Scholarship and Sampla should come clean on this issue, so that the dalit students don’t suffer due to lack of political will”, he maintained.
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