A total of 3,125 dalit students studying in engineering and medical colleges in Ahmedabad district have not received their scholarships since 2010,according to an information provided by Gujarats social welfare department in response to an RTI application filed in May 2010.
Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday,Kirit Rathod programme director of Navsarjan,an NGO said he had asked for figures of dalit students from Class I to post-graduation,including technical and professional courses not having received their scholarships but the department furnished the figures for Ahmedabad district only and that too of engineering and medical students. In its reply,the department said there were no fund available for dalit scholarship.
I am consulting my lawyer on the issue, he said. Though the state Information Commissioner Balwant Singh on April 4,2013 had asked to provide information,the concerned authorities did not provide full information,he added.