Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Harpal Singh Cheema on Wednesday slammed the Modi-led government for changing the format and formula of payment of the post-matric scholarship to a large number of ‘Dalit’ students, saying the move had exposed the anti-face of the government.
In a statement here on Wednesday, Mr Cheema said denying scholarship schemes to millions of ‘Dalit’ students reflected the anti-Dalit mindset of the Modi government. The move was out to ruin the careers of the ‘Dalit’ youth.
He said the Modi-led government, an ally of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), had been hell bent on ruining the careers of millions of beneficiaries by shifting its fiscal responsibilities to the state governments, which, he said, was unfortunate. He lamented that the states which were unable to pay even 10 per cent of amount earmarked for the purpose, how they would be able to pay 40 per cent under the new-found 60:40 formula.
The AAP leader said that had Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state sensitive to the cause of a large number of ‘dalit’ beneficiaries of the welfare schemes, an amount to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore would not have been pending since three years.
He urged Capt Singh to take the issue to a logical end saying the AAP would raise the issue in both the Houses of Parliament and Punjab Assembly for redressal.