Hyderabad, Feb.18 (NSS): The stand-off between the State government and the private engineering colleges on the fees reimbursement issue appears to have been resolved as the government agreed to release Rs 1,000 crores out of the total dues of Rs 3,340 crores by Friday evening.
The government has agreed to clear the dues in four installments beginning with the present Rs 1,000 crores. In May or June, another installment would be released and by September all the dues would be cleared. Following the agreement, the private engineering colleges, which threatened to close down on February 25 are likely to withdraw their decision.
The Ministers, Mr. Pitani Satyanarayana, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana and Mr Baswaraju Saraiah, briefed the media after the meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee with the representatives of the engineering colleges.
Mr Pitani Satyanarayana has explained that the number of students has considerably increased and this was the reason why the funds allotted for fee reimbursement became insufficient. Stating that by this evening orders for the release of Rs 1,000 crores would be released, he said that by May another Rs 514 crores would be released.
Mr Botcha Satyanarayana has reiterated that the government was committed to continue the fee reimbursement scheme introduced for the first time in the country by late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. When the media questioned about the claim of Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy that the present government was trying to withdraw the scheme introduced by his late father, Mr Botcha emotionally said that there was no need for M Jagan or any one to state that late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had introduced the scheme. “One can say so only when we deny it. We all remember that it was late YSR who conceived and introduced the scheme. Hailing from backward classes, we are committed to the schemes. We were in the government then and we were also instrumental in the introduction of the scheme. Whatever any one might say, we are committed to continue the scheme,” he asserted.
Mr. Botcha has alleged that some of the channels that were in the hands of some vested interests were unnecessarily spreading rumors and half truths about the government’s intentions.
When the media expressed its resentment, Mr Botcha said that he did not mean to blame all the media. He quickly corrected that some media houses were in the hands of the people who were interested in defaming the government. He said that being from backward class himself, he and all his colleagues were committed to the scheme that benefits brilliant students among the poorer and oppressed communities. (NSS)