Chandigarh, 15th January – The National Scheduled Castes Alliance and other fraternal organizations today entered into the 19th day of their continual symbolic hunger strike and protest dharna at Sector 25, Rally Ground, Chandigarh as the Punjab Government today announced that within 3 days, Admissions of Scheduled Castes Students be granted, which had been denied due to misappropriation of Post Matric Scholarship Scheme Funds. Degrees/Certificates of students which had been withheld should be given to the students.

Paramjit Singh Kainth, President, National Scheduled Castes Alliance leading the protest said, “This is a step in the right direction by the government and we expect that their Press Conference today would result in an actual outcome and unlike the performance of their government which has been selling dreams and providing absolutely nothing for the Scheduled Castes in Punjab.”

“Our protest dharna shall continue until each and every student of our community is granted admission and is given their degree/certificates. We also demand that the major culprit, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot should resign for his inefficiency in managing the welfare department and also due to his role in the Rs 63 crore scam of the funds.” Added Kainth.

The protest started on 28th December 2020 and the day and night struggle led the government to take action on this issue. Speaking further, Kainth said, “It is unfortunate that we had to sit in this cold winter to fight for our rights which this government champions to protect. I would like to ask Capt. Amarinder Singh to take personal notice of this issue and assure that what his government has decided today, it will bring to its fruition or else our protest will continue until the demands are met.”