BJP takes on AAP govt over non-disbursal of scholarships to SC and ST students
But the AAP legislators hailed the chief minister for having initiated action soon after it was brought into his notice by a common man during his daily meeting with people at his residence in the morning.delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:09 IST
The opposition BJP on Friday questioned the Aam Aadmi Party government over non-disbursal of scholarships to a large number of SC, ST and minority students even as the ruling party legislators blamed the Centre and the department officers concerned for ‘keeping the ministers’ in dark about the issue.
The AAP legislators hailed the chief minister for having initiated action soon after it was brought into his notice by a common man during his daily meeting with people at his residence in the morning.
Speaking during a short duration discussion on the issue raised by Dwarka legislator Adarsh Shastri, BJP-SAD legislator MS Sirsa said, “It’s surprising that the government had no idea about the issue for 18 months. I am two-month-old in the House and I got to know about it and raised the issue with the L-G on June 8 itself.”
Sirsa argued that if the state government was willing to disburse scholarships, it could have done so by doing it so from its own resources.
“I met the L-G on June 8 and demanded necessary instructions to the Delhi government on this. A copy of the letter was sent to Arvind Kejriwal and principal secretary (SC/ST Welfare). Neither the CM, nor the secretary, took any action for a month. Now they have woken up from deep slumber and are blaming the officers. It is all the more surprising because out of 12 schemes, five are run directly by the government,” Sirsa said.
The calling attention motion under Rule 54 of the Assembly was moved by AAP MLA Adarsh Shastri to discuss reports of non-disbursal of scholarships to the SC, ST and minority category students in Delhi.
Shastri referred to a report by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) that said that more than five lakh scholarships to SC/ST and minorities were yet to be disbursed in Delhi.
Participating in the discussion, the ruling party MLAs blamed the National Scholarship Portal for non-disbursal of the scholarships.
The AAP legislators lauded Kejriwal who recently wrote to chief secretary MM Kutty, expressing concern over five lakh SC/ST and minority students not getting scholarships.
About 5.57 lakh scholarships were to be disbursed and there was a delay of about 16 months.