Students stage protest against delay in PMS disbursement

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 10: Anguished by the delay in disbursement of post-matric scholarship (PMS), around thousands ST students from across the state took out a peaceful protest rally from Akashdeep to Tennis Court IG Park here on Wednesday.

The students, demanding immediate disbursement of 2023-24 scholarship to assist their studies in other states, said that the Centre has granted scholarship so that they do not face any financial difficulties. Though the Centre has released the pending amount of the PMS, but the GoAP has been giving lame excuses and false assurance, they claimed.

They exhorted the education department to conduct awareness for fresh students who are applying for the PMS and asserted that due to ignorance of banking procedure, scholarship of  7,164 students has been halted.

However,  higher & technical education directorate has clarified that first batch of PMS worth Rs. 26.78 crore for 8,338 students has been disbursed and credited to the students’ bank accounts from July 10.

On receipt of second and final fund installment of Rs. 95.057 crore from Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and the GoAP in the bank acount on July 3, department had disbursed it  to 28,005 students without delaying a day.

However, PMS of 7,164 students could not be processed due to Aadhar and bank account related issues, which had already been intimated to them by auto generated SMS, the department official said.

The PMS is a central scheme funded by MoTA with  state’s Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs (SJETA) department as nodal department.

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