8 October 2017
A delegation of Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) under the leadership of Sh. Raman Bhalla, Former Minister and Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA met with Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab and urged for the early release of 205 Crore of Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) before Diwali.
Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking on the occasion said that Centre Government has already released 115 Crore to the State and around 30 Crore of the year 2016-17 and around 60 Crore of the year 2017-18 committed State Liability amounting to a total of Rs 205 Crore is due towards the Government.
Raman Bhalla while speaking said that that due to the non payment of over 1200 crore from last 2 years over 3 lakh SC students of Punjab, 1000 of unaided colleges are facing financial hardships. Not only this, “even salaries of last 4-5 months of teaching and non teaching staff members in some unaided colleges are also pending” Kataria added.
Captain Amarinder Singh gave patience hearing to the problems being faced by the students and colleges due to delay in release of Scholarship. He assured that he would try his best to resolve the issue at the earliest.