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Bid to Divert SC/ST Funds for MC Works Fuels Furore

Published: 21st August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2014 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

THRISSUR: CPM will be coming up with stiff opposition, if the funds allotted for the welfare of Schedule Caste/Tribe are diverted for the works related to the Medical College in Palakkad, which will be set up by the state government under the Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe Department.  K Radharkrishnan MLA said that the funds from the treasury need to be allotted for the Medical College and not the funds with the SC/ST Department, which is meant for the welfare of the SC and ST, he added.Speaking to mediaperson here on Wednesday Radhakrishnan said that the lump sum grant and stipend for SC/ST students had not been paid for the last three months and if the party came to know that this was due to the SC/ST Departments funds getting diverted to the Medical College in Palakkad, CPM would oppose it vehemently.

“We would be happy if the medical college is operating under the jurisdiction of SC/ST Department and the SC/ST students gets preference for admission to the medical college. But the government is obliged to find funds for the college from budgetary allocation and from the treasury,” he said.

MLA also said that Pattikajathi Kshema Samiti(PKS) would be holding its state conference here on August 22 and 23 which will be inaugurated by deputy leader of the opposition in the Assembly Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. CPM state secretary Pinaray Vijayan will also be attending the conference.“The conference will discuss the need for reservation in private sector.

As the public sector is shrinking, the SC/ST which form nearly 25 per cent of the population of the country will find it difficult to get jobs in future,” one among the organisers of the conference said.

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