Government of Punjab is releasing Rs. 118.42 crore to clear the backlog of pending scholarship funds for Scheduled Caste students who are studying in 634 colleges of Punjab states. On Tuesday, the chief minister of Punjab state, Captain Amarinder Singh ordered the Finance Department to release Rs. 118.42 crore to clear the backlog of pending scholarship funds of SC students.
The chief minister has taken the decision after meeting with Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and with MLA Jalandhar West Sushil Kumar Rinku. The backlog pertains to the fiscal 2015-16 and 2016-17, an official spokesperson said.
Giving the break-up, the spokesperson said of Rs. 118.42 crore, Rs. 67.42 crore would be released for the students studying in 312 colleges, including degree colleges, technical and medical education institutes. The remaining Rs. 51 crore would go to students of 322 colleges in the same streams, as well as students of School Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) institutes.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to ensure the welfare of the Scheduled Caste students, the Chief Minister directed the Finance Department to accord top priority to release of regular funds for the scholarship beneficiaries so as to enable them to complete their education in different streams seamlessly.