Embezzlement of somewhere around Rs 20 crore scam has been unearthed by the Punjab Government under the post-matric scholarship scheme 2014-15. The post matric Scholarship is offered to the SC and OBC category students of the state by the Punjab Welfare Department every year. The opposition Congress has decided to bring in a breach of privilege motion on Welfare Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike for “misleading” the House on scholarships. Many institutions which offers technical education has made fake admissions during the session in name sake of scholarship.
As Chandigarh Tribune reported, approximately 1700 Scheduled Caste students were shown enrolled in the admission list of two different colleges simultaneously. The issue came to limelight when the names of the beneficiaries were linked with the Aadhar Numbers. Not only this but also 966 were listed as beneficiaries both under the minority quota scheme and the Welfare Department scheme. After this the state government has now taken the initiative to verify the data provided y other private and government colleges.
CLP leader Sunil Jakhar, while addressing the media personnel’s, said Ranike “lied to the House in March this year by claiming that his department had disbursed Rs 280 crore as scholarship to the SC students in 2013-2014 fiscal.”
So as not come under the scam, private colleges left no stone unturned to safeguard themselves. They allegedly showed 6,000 SC students as drop-outs even as 80 per cent of their scholarship amount (around 10 crore) had already been released.
What could be more than this? Twenty seven students have been shown enrolled at three different colleges during the same academic session. For instance: Kuldeep Singh was shown enrolled at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Fazilka, for BA-I at Abohar Polytechnic College for a technical course and at Baba Deep Singh Polytechnic college, Muktsar for a computer course.
As per the scam reports, near about 1,674 students were shown “admitted” to two colleges simultaneously. Varinder Singh was shown enrolled at Guru Hargobind Polytechnic, Bathinda, besides pursuing another course at Abhishek Polytechnic in Fazilka.
Jakhar said the minister’s “bluff” was called by the government’s reply to the CLP leader recently that Rs 279 crore was disbursed in the last six fiscals. Further he told, “when the scam was busted, it came to light that the grant did not reach true beneficiaries. Jakhar also alleged that the government has been diverting central funds meant for the SC, BC and students belonging to minorities.”