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SC students protest over delayed scholarships, threaten legal action


By TC News Desk

Agartala, January 17: Hundreds of Scheduled Caste (SC) students, who have passed the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) exam in 2023, staged a protest in front of the Scheduled Caste Welfare Department office in Gorkhabasti on Wednesday, demanding their scholarships that have been pending for eight months.

The students, who belong to various colleges and universities in the state, said that they have been facing financial hardships and academic problems due to the non-disbursement of their scholarships. They said that they have approached the department several times, but were given false assurances and excuses.

According to the students, out of the 3,200 SC students who have passed the B.Ed exam in 2023, only 60 percent have received their scholarships on January 10, while the rest are still waiting. They said that they were promised that all the scholarships would be cleared by January 15, but that deadline has also passed.

The students expressed their anger and frustration at the department and its head, Asim Saha, who was not available to meet them on Wednesday. They said that they will not accept any more delays and will file a case in the High Court if their scholarships are not released within the next week.

The students also blocked the main gate of the office and raised slogans against the department and the state government. They said that they will continue their protest until their demands are met. They also appealed to the Chief Minister and the Governor to intervene in the matter and ensure justice for them.

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