Underfunding of Post-Matric Scholarships

The Department provides financial assistance to SC students for Post-Matric Scholarship studies in India under two schemes i.e. the Centrally Sponsored Post-matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students (PMS-SC) and the Central Sector Top Class Scholarship Scheme for SC students. The funds allocated under these two schemes in the past three years have increased, the details of which are provided as follows:

Year

Budget Allocated under the Scheme (Rs. in Cr)

2019-20

2967.30

2020-21

3027.30

2021-22

3485.62

 

There is no State wise allocation of funds under Top Class Scholarship Scheme for SC Students as this is a Central Sector Scheme.

Under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC Students, the Central Assistance is released based on the demand proposed in Annual Action Plans received from the States/UTs after adjusting the unspent balance amount of previous years. The details of State-wise demand made for grants under PMS-SC and the Central Assistance released are attached as Annexure.

With the latest revision under the schemes, the budget allocation under the schemes is provisioned to be increased annually.

The Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students has recently been revised in FY 2020-21 for a period of 6 years i.e. till 2026. The Top Class Scholarship Scheme for SC Students has also been revised in FY 2021-22 for a period of 5 years i.e. till 2026. Therefore, at present, there is no plan under consideration to modify the present scholarship schemes.

Annexure

State-wise Demand and Central Assistance released during 2019-20 to 2021-22

S. No.

States/Uts

2019-20*

2020-21^

2021-22

 

Annual Demand submitted by State/UT

Central Assistance released

Annual Demand submitted by State/UT

Central Assistance released

Annual Demand submitted by State/UT

Central Assistance released

 

1

Andhra Pradesh

731.4

287.67

472.6

450.01

725

298.55

 

2

Assam

19.9

0

26.63

18

21.89

0

 

3

Bihar

91.26

0

93.16

47.83

203.95

0

 

4

Chandigarh

3.42

0

0

0

3.6

1.54

 

5

Chhattisgarh

55.32

3.27

54

38.54

59.23

29.00

 

6

Daman & Diu

0.03

0

0.33

0

0.39

0

 

7

Delhi

19.96

1.97

0

0

17.95

0

 

8

Goa

0.06

0

0

0

0

0

 

9

Gujarat

324.61

0

284.55

170.32

325

102.58

 

10

Haryana

46.48

0

0

0

134.97

0

 

11

Himachal Pradesh

16.98

0

31.98

11.35

54.92

0

 

12

Jammu & Kashmir

16.34

0

0

0

13.15

0.03

 

13

Jharkhand

23.15

0

22.74

13.42

26.9

4.12

 

14

Karnataka

447.41

121.47

411.08

252.79

522.04

65.42

 

15

Kerala

154.44

9.8

144.75

86.85

149.87

45.78

 

16

Madhya Pradesh

463.18

0

390.64

319.4

583

8.28

 

17

Maharashtra

910.07

0

930.21

558

1161.96

63.01

 

18

Manipur

7.94

7.94

7.66

6.89

7.85

0

 

19

Odisha

314.94

140.71

285.63

130.67

285.34

78.22

 

20

Puducherry

14.66

0

8.95

2.21

15.96

0

 

21

Punjab

433.57

206.47

521.26

191.58

547.32

209.76

 

22

Rajasthan

458.05

314.54

420.54

284.01

455.23

95.67

 

23

Sikkim

1.04

1.04

1.16

0.81

1.12

0

 

24

Tamilnadu

1245.38

925.84

1471.99

120.23

1282.55

278.88

 

25

Telangana

437.55

0

433.42

245.03

430.71

0

 

26

Tripura

33.8

35.42

27.17

30.37

38.18

0

 

27

Uttar Pradesh

2037.14

655.16

1977.25

892.36

1993.21

537.28

 

28

Uttrakhand

22.59

0

25.99

9.76

19.51

0

 

29

West Bengal

237.71

0

251.44

128.17

249.04

112.26

 

TOTAL

8568.38

2711.3

8295.13

4008.6

9329.84

1930.38

 
                 

*The Scheme was based on the concept of committed liability prior to 2020-21 wherein, 100% Central Assistance was released to States/UTs over & above the Committed Liability of the States/UTs. No funds were released to States/UTs either whose demand was within their Committed Liability or who did not furnish the proposals.

 
 

^ The Scheme was revised during 2020-21 wherein fixed sharing pattern of 60:40 (90:10 in case of NE States) between Centre and States has been adopted. Central Assistance was released to States/UTs who submitted the proposals for 2020-21.

 
 
                       

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri A. Narayanaswamy in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.

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