IEP Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab Government released Rs 183 crore in the SNA account of scheme Under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for Shedule Cast Students. Divulging in this regard, Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur said that the post matric scholarship scheme for SC the amount was released under the scheme only till 2016-17. She said that due to non-disbursement of scholarship amount from the year 2017-18 to 2019-20 by the central government, many students had to face difficulties. Dr. Baljit Kaur further said that considering the problems faced by the students, the state government has decided to release 40% of the fees of private and government-aided institutions for the years 2017-18 to 2019-2020. Cabinet Minister stated that according to the guidelines of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, about 1900 institutions were audited by the Finance Department and after conducting the audit, 40% is being paid to these institutions after deducting the objectionable amount. She mentioned that the reports regarding the payments of some institutions are ready, but as the institutions have not uploaded the undertaking as per the instructions issued by the department, the payment is being delayed. Therefore, the Minister appealed to all organizations to upload the undertaking on the Dr. Ambedkar portal according to the instructions issued by the department, so that the payment can be made to these institutions accordingly.