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7 Bills passed on day 3 of Punjab Vidhan Sabha session

7 Bills passed on day 3 of Punjab Vidhan Sabha session
Captain Amarinder Singh during Punjab Parl session.
CHANDIGARH, OCT 21 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/21/2020 12:04:46 PM IST

AKALI MLAS PROTEST OVER POST-MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP SCAM

As many as seven Bills were passed on the day three of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, which began amid protest by the Akali Dal MLAs in the Well of the House.

The MLAs protested over the post-matric scholarship scam and soon staged a walkout.

Later, members of the Lok Insaaf Party also joined them in the protest outside the House.

The House adjourned sine die. The disbursal of Rs 248.11 crore out of the Rs 303 crore, which was released in three parts by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in February 2019 and March 2019, had come under scanner. The Centre had released the payment on the basis of the reimbursement claims received from the Social Welfare Department for fiscal years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 when the SAD-BJP was in power.

In the departmental probe report submitted to the Chief Secretary on August 24, the disbursal of Rs 248.11 crore is under the scanner. Of this, the department disbursed Rs 39 crore to “ghost” institutions as the records of the distribution of the amount are missing. Another Rs 16.71 crore was wrongly disbursed to private educational institutions despite the Finance Department during its audit pointing out recovery of Rs 8 crore from the institutions which had been illegally given the scholarship amount.

Willing to resign if Centre thinks it’s rebellion to pass laws in farmers’ interest: Amarinder

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he was willing to be dismissed or would resign if the Centre felt his passing the Bills against the three central farm laws was an act of rebellion. Capt Amarinder was talking to the media after the three-day Assembly session ended on Wednesday. “I have resigned earlier too and have no qualms in resigning again to defend the interests of Punjab’s farmers,” he said. The CM also defended his Cabinet colleague Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and reiterated his earlier stand regarding the post-matric scholarship scam, claiming the minister was not involved in any wrongdoing. “There is no question of seeking his resignation,” he said.

 

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