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Minister: Centre yet to release Rs 1,500 crore

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8

Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said the Union Government was not serious about the future of students belonging to the Scheduled Caste community.

The minister today met a delegation of private educational institutions here.

Dharamsot said education was essential for the betterment of the lives of youth belonging to the Dalit communities.

He said under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh, the state government had been making efforts to provide better opportunities to such students.

He said the state had been trying to get Rs 1500 crore of pending post-matric scholarship scheme funds from the Centre. "This amount pertains to 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. We are trying to get it released," he added.

Dharmsot said Capt Amarinder had raised the issue with the Centre several times, but the latter was not taking it seriously even as the future of hundreds of SC students was at stake.

from The Tribune

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