MP to probe bags marked ‘SC/ST scheme’

President of Janbhagidari Samiti of the Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College said thatthat the college had done no wrong because the intention was to ensure that the free kits reach genuine beneficiaries.

Bhopal | Updated: October 28, 2016 6:05 am
bag-759 About 250 bags were distributed in Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College in Mandsaur. (File)

While the Madhya Pradesh government Thursday ordered an inquiry into distribution of free bags marked “SC/ST scheme” to SC/ST students, BJP MLA from Mandsaur Yashpal Singh Sisodiya defended it on the ground that the printed words stop misuse of the scheme. Following a report in The Indian Express and uproar over alleged profiling of beneficiaries, Higher Education Minister Jaibhan Singh Pavaiyya said he had asked principal secretary (education) to probe the matter.

Sisodiya, president of Janbhagidari Samiti of the Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College, told The Indian Express that the college had done no wrong because the intention was to ensure that the free kits reach genuine beneficiaries. “It would have been objectionable had the bags carried Dalit or other specific caste words,’’ he said.