Despite assurances in the past, college students had to once again come to the weekly Janta Darbar at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, to complain to Revenue and Land Reforms Minister Amar Kumar Bauri about delays in scholarships they were promised by the State Government.
“Some of us received scholarships in our first year, whereas some in second year. But there is no word about the financial aid for the year 2014-15. Students from other states and even from other districts of Jharkhand have received their scholarships, except those from Ranchi,” stated Payal Kachchap, a third year nursing student at Vishakhapatnam-based Sagar Durga School of Nursing. According to Payal, and five of her classmates who accompanied her to the public court, around 30 students from Ranchi have enrolled in her college, and none of them have got scholarships for the past academic year, which amounts to Rs49,000.
The Darbar saw six more cases of delayed scholarships. Consulting with functionaries at the Welfare Department, Bauri instructed them to release the post-matriculation scholarships shortly. He assured the plaintiffs that they will get their scholarships within a week.
Zakir Hussain, a visually challenged elder from Kanke block asked the Land Reforms Minister for some help in getting his application for Indira Awas Yojana approved. On this, Bauri talked to the Kanke Block development Officer, instructing him to complete the required process within 24 hours.