| BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi addresses the news meet in Patna on Saturday as party state president Mangal Pandey looks on. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, July 26: Sushil Kumar Modi today accused the government of misleading the state legislature over the post-matric scholarship for students from extremely backward classes and other backward classes.
At a news meet convened at the BJP headquarters in the city, the senior leader gave a blow-by-blow account on how the state government reduced the annual scholarship amount from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 15,000 for students from extremely backward classes (EBC) and other backward classes (OBC).
Armed with the latest circular issued by the government on July 14, Modi said the decision would affect lakhs of careers. He came to the meet with different circulars issued by the backward and other backward class department from time to time.
The July 14 circular states that students from extremely backward classes and other backward classes can avail the scholarship amount equivalent to the fee charged by government institutions in the 2014-15 fiscal.
Modi said earlier, the state government had decided to give Rs 1 lakh as post- matric scholarship in the 2011-12 fiscal.
The students could pursue their engineering, medical, law, management and other degree courses in and outside the state with the fund. The amount was reduced to Rs 75,000 in 2012-13 and then to Rs 15,000 per student in 2013-14.
“The government’s decision to slash the scholarship amount from Rs 1 lakh to a paltry sum of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 has left the careers of lakhs of students in the lurch. It would adversely affect financially underprivileged students from the extremely backward classes and other backward classes,” Modi said.
Modi said Patna Women’s College charges Rs 1,300 in the BEd course. According to the latest circular, students pursuing BEd course would only get Rs 1,300 as scholarship from the government whether they enrol in government or private colleges. He added that private colleges charge no less than Rs 40,000 for a BEd course.
State BJP chief Mangal Pandey and legislator Usha Vidyarthi accompanied him to the news meet.
Modi said the party would organise dharnas in every district headquarters on July 31 to step up its demand for revival of the Rs 1-lakh scholarship.
He said the government’s reply in the House was confusing as it merged the pre-matric and post matric scholarship schemes.
He added: “It’s true that the Centre and state governments run the pre-matric scholarship scheme in a 50:50 arrangement. The post-matric scholarship is exclusively the state government’s scheme. It was the government’s sole responsibility to continue the scheme in the interest of EBC and OBC students.”