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CABINET APPROVES POLICY FOR EXTENDING FINANCIAL RELIEF TO COTTON PICKING FARM LABOURERS AFFECTED


TO GET 10 PERCENT OF TOTAL COMPENSATION ON THIS COUNT

ALSO CLEARS ISSUES RELATED TO POST-MATRIC SC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME

Chandigarh,(Gurpreet) In a bid to provide financial relief to the cotton picking farm labourers, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday approved the policy formulated for extending relief to the families of cotton picking farm labourers affected by the damage caused to the cotton crop by the pink bollworm (pest attack).

With this decision, 10 percent of total compensation to be given to the farmers on this count would be provided to the families of cotton picking farm labourers affected by the pest attack on cotton crop.

CABINET RESOLVES ISSUES ON POST-MATRIC SC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME TO SATISFACTION OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS

On the issue of Post-Matric SC Scholarship Scheme, the Cabinet deliberated up on the hardships faced by SC students who are beneficiaries of Post-Matric SC Scholarship Scheme. It was highlighted that this scheme was sharing between GoI and Punjab Government in the ratio of 60:40. However, GoI stopped giving its share from 2016 onwards under this scheme.

Resultantly, the Cabinet decided that the state government would bear its liability of 40 percent amounting to Rs. 433.96 crore since 2017-18, to be released in two installments during the financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23.

In a landmark decision, the Cabinet also gave approval to scrap the fee capping thereby keeping the fee of SC students at par with the general category students.

The Cabinet also gave a go ahead to initiate action against those defaulter Institutions, which indulged in fraudulent practices by lodging an FIR and blacklisting the same.

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