Hyderabad, February 4: The Chairman of 20-point Programme Implementation Committee, Dr N Thulasi Reddy, has felt that the “hue and cry” of the Telugu Desam party chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, and the Kadapa former MP, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on tuition fee reimbursement issue was meaningless.
Speaking at media point in the Secretariat on Friday, Dr Thulasi Reddy said that the State government was extending tuition fee reimbursement and scholarships to SC, ST, BC and minorities on saturation mode. He pointed out that during the previous TDP government, scholarships were extended to only six lakh students. Out of Rs 43,480-crore budget in 2003-04, the then government had allocated only Rs 308 crores for scholarships — about 0.70 per cent in the total budgetary allocations, he added.
Dr Thulasi Reddy reminded that at present, 24,55,838 students were being benefited from the scholarships and tuition fee reimbursement schemes. In all, Rs 2,969 crores have been released till date this year for the purpose, he said, adding that the Chief Minister earlier made it clear that the dues of tuition fee would be completely cleared by the end of the financial year, he added.
Dr Reddy alleged that the TDP Chief was trying to politicize scholarships and tuition fee reimbursement for deriving political mileage. “It was unfortunate that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to go on hunger strike on February 18 in Hyderabad”, he said and appealed to the students to cooperate with the government keeping its commitment in tuition fee reimbursement and scholarships to the students. (NSS)