Thursday, February 24, 2011


Explain non-utilization of scholarship funds: HC
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court has sought an explanation from the Centre and the state government in connection with allegations that the Gujarat government is denying scholarship funds to student belonging to minority communities. 
   A division bench headed by chief justice has issued notice to the respondents on basis of a PIL filed by a Congressman from Bhuj, Adam Chaki. He, through his lawyer Hashim Qureshi, filed this petition after TOI published news in this regard stating that the union ministry of minority affairs has recently warned the state government that if it failed to utilize the fund, which was released for scholarships to pre-matric students belonging to five different minority groups, the Centre would have to divert it to other states.
   “Such funds, given by the Centre for education, upliftment of minorities, could lapse because the state government has not been utilizing it for long,” the petitioner told the court.
   The Centre had set a dead line of January 31 for response from Gujarat government. The petition said that the Centre had allotted Rs 9.82 crore for award of 52,260 pre-matric scholarships to students in Gujarat. But the central government noticed that no scholarships had been availed and neither has any money been utilized in this regard. The union government had then asked the Gujarat government to act quickly on guidelines, if it did not want to get funds diverted to other states.

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