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Four lakh minority students deprived of scholarships

Kolkata: Chief minister of (West) Bengal Ms. Mamta Bannerji in a letter to prime minister Modi while requesting him to solve the problem of educational scholarships to students belonging to minority community at the earliest, has written that about 4 lakh students of the state belonging to minority community / communities have not got the scholarhips. She further said in this letter that earlier also she had got in touch with the centre (regarding their scholarships) but nothing has been done in this matter and even an MP of Trinamool Party personally met and talked to the union minister for minorities affairs but he too did nothing in this respect. She further said that 400,000 minority students of West Bengal had got themselves registered in National Scholarship Portal but they did not get the scholarships so far. Subsequently, when she had paid a 4-day visit to Delhi during the first week of this month (August), while speaking at a function of union minorities affairs ministry and Minorities Financial Corporation, in addition to briefly reiterating what she had stated in Kolkata, she said that the Portal constituted for scholarships of minority students is not in working order for the past about one year because of which lakhs of students of the country are deprived of scholarships. She said that all this is because of a conspiracy to deprive minority community students of the opportunities of higher education. She said that advertising and publicity business of Modi government has been going on all the time and asked why the sites and portals of these excessive advertising and publicity do not go out of order and why the sites and portals of programmes for people’s benefit and welfare only go out of order? She said that this is done deliberately under a conspiracy. Expressing her satisfaction over the working and performance of Minorities Financial Corporation under its Chairman Sultan Ahmad, she said that we shall create awakening in the minority community children through this Corporation from village to village and bring them forward on the road to their educational progress.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2016 on page no. 15

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