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BJD Targets BJP On Changed Funding Pattern In SC Scholarship


31 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal on Sunday targeted the BJP for Centre's decision of changing the funding pattern of post-matric scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste students.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment was providing 90 per cent, while the state government contributed the remaining 10 per cent of the actual expenditure on providing post-matric scholarship to SC students.

However, in 2017-18, the Ministry has revised the liability of the state government towards post-matric scholarship wherein the state government has to bear 80 per cent of the total expenditure, BJD Spokesperson Sasmit Patra said.

"If the BJP is so concerned about the education of children in Odisha, the party should have been vocal and got this new funding pattern revoked," said Patra.

BJD's reaction came hours after the BJP convened a press conference in which it targeted the State Government over teacher vacancies. "While the teacher-student ratio in primary schools is abysmal the State Government is busy diverting money towards populist schemes," BJP Spokesperson Sameer Mohanty had said.

During 2017-18, the state government had to provide Rs 238.28 crore while the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment allocated a meagre Rs 35.12 crore. During 2018-19, the state government has to provide Rs 238.28 crore, while the Central share is projected to be Rs 49.39 crore.

An abrupt change in the funding pattern by the Ministry has given a severe jolt to the post-matric scholarship programme for the SC and ST students.

"The BJP, instead of blaming the State, should have pressed to restore the funding pattern of 90:10 for smooth implementation of the post-matric scholarship programme for Scheduled Caste students," Patra added.

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Sasmit Patra, BJD Spokesperson

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Sameer Mohanty, BJP Spokesperson