CHANDIGARH: Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Punjab, has recently sought details from Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on non-disbursal of scholarships among SC students. He wrote to the Punjab CM after a report came that around 2 lakh SC students in Punjab were forced to drop out of college because of non-disbursal of scholarships.
After the National Commission for Scheduled Caste chairperson Sampla alleged that around 2 lakh SC students dropped out of their respective colleges because of non-payment of dues under a scholarship scheme of Rs 2,000 crore by the government of Punjab, the chairperson said in a letter.
“If it is correct, it would be a most reprehensible violation of constitutional rights of the SC students and grave injustice to them.” Sampla in Delhi had said the commission had sought an explanation from the Punjab government on why the money has not been paid to colleges despite the payment of dues by the Centre.
“We have taken suo moto cognisance in the matter. There have been many complaints from SC students that they are not being allowed in colleges as the government has not paid their fees. “There was around three lakh SC students who benefited from the scheme in 2017 and the number dropped to 1-1.25 lakh in 2020. When we asked the state government, they said these children dropped out,” Sampla had said.
He had said a meeting was held on Monday between the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and the Punjab government to discuss the matter. “In the meeting, it came to light that no dues from the Centre are there while the state government has to pay dues worth Rs 2,000 crore to pay to these colleges. Where has the money gone that is due,” he said.
However, the Punjab CM has asked for a probe into the alleged irregularities in the state.