Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered the release of the pending amounts under the Ashirward scheme. He directed the Finance Dept to forthwith clear all pending cases for the months of April-September 2017. The Chief Minister also sought a detailed report on the audit of private colleges for the release of the post-matric scholarship scheme for SC and ST students. The decisions came at a review meeting of the government’s welfare schemes, chaired by the Chief Minister and attended by senior officials of the finance and social welfare departments. Taking a serious view of the delay in disbursement of payments under various schemes, the Chief Minister ordered immediate release of the pending amount under the Ashirward Scheme at Rs 15000 per girl for the April-June 2017 period, to be followed by payment for July-September at the enhanced amount of Rs 21000 per girl, as announced by the Congress government. The total amount which will be immediately clear is Rs 44 crores, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting.
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