Coming to the rescue of lakhs of Scheduled Caste (SC) students, the Centre has decided to transfer the post-matric scholarship directly into their bank accounts.
Anandpur Sahib SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, while talking to mediapersons on Monday, alleged that the Punjab Government had embezzled the funds sent by the Centre for such students.
He said to avoid this in future, the Centre would directly transfer the funds in bank accounts of beneficiaries. Chandumajra claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured a delegation of SAD leaders in this regard when they went to meet him last week.
The fate of over three lakh students has been in a limbo since last week when managements of private colleges announced not to enroll SC students on scholarship. They alleged that the state government did not release its share of Rs 1,250 crore for the academic sessions of 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, however, blamed the Centre for the mess, alleging that Rs 1,700 crore was due with the Centre in this regard.