Cong corners govt on scholarship funds

The Question Hour on the second day of the winter session of the Punjab Assembly saw the Opposition Congress trying to corner the state government over the alleged misuses of funds released under centrally sponsored post-matric scholarship to SC students in the last two years.

Raising the issue Tarlochan Singh of Congress sought the details of funds released by the central government under the central scheme for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Giving the reply Welfare Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur said, "The government has released Rs 18 crore and the annexures with reply has been tabled in the House."

To this, leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar said that the government has been sitting on the money for two years and sought details of the beneficiaries. "A total of Rs 108 crore was released. Where is the rest Rs 90 crore? Let the minister come prepared tomorrow and answer," he said.

In reply, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal gave the details of the fund released by the Centre and by the state as its share.

However, Jakhar remained stuck to his stand and alleged that "the government has misutilised and misappropriated the money" and sought the answer "by tomorrow."

Then Sukhbir said, "Let the leader of Opposition give the questions in writing. The government will reply."

To this Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said, "The government will reply to the questions by December 20 or 21 and not tomorrow.''

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