The Union government should reverse its recent decision to abolish certain scholarships for minority communities, BJP MP Pritam Munde demanded on Thursday.
The Maulana Azad Fellowship for minority students pursuing higher education has been dropped, while the government pre-matric scholarship for them no longer applies to students from class 1 to class 8.
Munde raised the issue in the Lok Sabha saying that the decision was made without any prior notice and again this year thousands of students had applied for it.
“I demand that the government reconsider this decision. Education is free in the right to education, but this (scholarships) acts as an encouragement for these students in schools,” she said.
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“If we look at this issue from the point of view that students are not forced into child labor and remain on the path of education, the decision will be withdrawn after reconsideration,” said the MP of Maharashtra’s Beed.