Amarpreet Lally, president Punjab Youth Congress
Chandigarh, April 16, 2018: Punjab Youth Congress will gherao the state office of the BJP on Tuesday April 17 in protest against the BJP-led Union Government for not releasing the grant of Rs 1615.79 crore to Punjab under Post Matric Scholarship scheme.
Punjab Youth Congress president Amarpreet Singh Lally said here told reporters that arrears of Rs 328.72 crore for the year 2015-16, Rs 719.52 crore for 2016-17 and Rs 567.55 crore for 2017-18 is awaited by the state government from the Union Government.
The Youth Congress members will start protest march from Congress Bhawan, Sector 15, at 12.30 PM and reach the state BJP office.
In the current fiscal, the Union Government released only Rs 115.73 crores to the state and after its disbursal the state had already submitted utilization certificate to the Union Government.
In Punjab, where 32 percent population belongs to SC communities, the post-matric studies of 9,14,132 SC students have been affected by non-availability of the scholarship funds, added Lally.