Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in search of launch of the state’s pending quantity and revised sharing sample beneath the Submit Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Castes (PMS-SCs) for the interval 2017-2020.
In his letter, the Chief Minister mentioned although the Authorities of India had, on December 31, 2020, amended the rules for the scholarship to introduce a revised sharing sample between the Centre and the States (60:40), the identical had been made efficient solely from April 1, 2020. No determination had, nevertheless, been conveyed on the problem for the interval 1st April 2017- thirty first March 2020, thus jeopardizing the way forward for lakhs of SC college students, he mentioned.
The Chief Minister identified that in his earlier D.O. letters of October 2018 and February 9, 2020, he had delivered to the Prime Minister’s discover the state’s concern relating to the excellent demand beneath scheme. An quantity of Rs.1,563 crore for the years 2017-20 was nonetheless pending with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Authorities of India, for launch as Central Share beneath the scheme, he mentioned, including that no response had but been acquired to these letters.
Declaring that Punjab has the best proportion of SC inhabitants within the nation, the Chief Minister mentioned the state deserves particular consideration on this rely. Additional, being a border State, it must be ensured that its youth get the chance of training and employment in order that they don’t fall prey to anti-social and anti-national parts.
Subsequently, non-release of scholarship funds beneath the PMS-SCs would adversely have an effect on the training of SC college students, who’re unable to pay the price from their very own pocket, added Captain Amarinder.