SAD-BJP govt is anti-SC's: former ministers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 23:37 IST

Former local bodies minister Jagjit Singh Chaudhary and former excise and taxation minister Sardul Singh, on Wednesday, accused the present SAD-BJP government of being anti-scheduled castes (SCs) and alleged that this government was deliberately ignoring issues pertaining to this community.

Addressing a joint press conference here, both senior leaders of the Congress from Doaba alleged that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised moon for the SC community in the SAD manifesto, but he, actually, curtailed and diverted the funds meant for the welfare of this community.

"The Captain Amarinder Singh Singh-led government in the state had made a provision for a separate `500-crore grant per year to be spent for the welfare of the SCs in Punjab, but this government has not spent a single penny from that amount on the community," said Jagjit.

The former local bodies minister said, "Even the reservation policy has not been implemented effectively and nearly 20,000 posts of teachers from the SC community are lying vacant in various schools of the government."

Sardul Singh alleged another example of this government's bias is that the government has not made any effort for the revival of the Ravidas chair at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Both the leaders also attacked the state government for its failure to provide post-matric scholarship money to students on time.

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