Chandigarh, June 12, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema on Saturday wrote a letter to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, demanding that Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot should be summoned before the commission and appropriate action should be taken against them for embezzling the scholarship money of two lakh Dalit students.
In his letter to Vijay Sampla, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Cheema alleged that Captain Amarinder Singh and the ruling Congress government had misappropriated the scholarships for SC students. He stated that a big scam had taken place, due to which the lives of SC students of Punjab were being ruined today.
Demanding action against Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Cheema stated that the Punjab government had misused the scholarship money of the post-matric scholarship scheme through scam; due to which the roll numbers of more than two lakh Dalit students had been withheld by the private colleges of Punjab.
“The future of these students is in question due to non-receipt of scholarships. These students are deprived of their degrees because they belonged to the Dalit community,” he wrote.
Cheema said that it was imperative to take stern action against the ministers who were depriving the SC students of their right to education and running away from their constitutional responsibility.
The AAP leader stated that Dalit children were already reaching higher education after enduring many hardships, but in such a scenario, their future being tarnished by the scams of the ministers was extremely worrying and reprehensible.
Cheema said that the Aam Aadmi Party had been raising the issue for a long time but no action was taken against the ministers who looted Dalit students. He alleged that CM Captain Amarinder Singh was not taking any interest in the affairs of the state and he did not care about Dalit students.
Cheema demanded to file a case and take appropriate action against cabinet ministers Manpreet Singh Badal and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot for violating the rights of Dalit children and ruining their future. He stated it was imperative that this be done so that in future no one would dare to tamper with the future of Dalit children in this manner.