New Delhi: Two lawmakers argued in Lok Sabha that the country could not advance if the minority population was left behind, and urged that the pre-matric scholarship and Maulana Azad Fellowship for minority students be reinstated.
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The government’s pre-matriculation scholarship for minorities will no longer be available to students in Classes 1 to 8, and the Maulana Azad Fellowship for minority students seeking higher education has been eliminated.
BSP MP Danish Ali made the demand during a discussion on the additional requests for grants, stating that the Maulana Azad Fellowship and pre-matric scholarship for minorities must be reinstated.
“For prosperity of the country, everyone needs to be taken along. How can you leave minorities behind and prosper,” he said, as per PTI.
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“How will minority students study, how will they progress if this fellowship is stopped?” asked AIMIM MP Syed Imitiaz Jaleel.
Danish Ali also spoke on the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on small traders, saying that GST raids were targeting poor traders but not rich industrialists.