Center to fully fund minority scholarships

AHMEDABAD: The Supreme Court recently eliminated an appeal filed by the Gujarat government, challenging the constitutional validity of the students of the communities. This was because the Center agreed to fully fund the scheme, instead of 75%, as proposed in the scheme.

The Gujarat government, which had been fighting strongly against the legality of the scheme under the premise that the state cannot discriminate against anyone for religious reasons, also gave up its legal challenge.

While discarding the state government's appeal on October 17, the SC said: “Given the claim made at the bar that the financing of such scheme has now been modified and that the Union of India now has 100% of financing, The issue raised in these special license requests no longer survives for consideration by this court.

The controversy began after the Center in 2008 raised a scholarship plan for five religious minorities as part of the new Prime Minister's 15-point program.

As the Gujarat government did not implement the scheme, a congressional worker, Adam Chaki, filed a PIL in the upper court of Gujarat in search of its deployment. The state government opposed the scheme by calling it unconstitutional and argued that the Center sought to discriminate against people based on religion.

Two division banks differed in their opinions on the legality of the issue. A bank of five judges ruled in 2013 that the scheme did not violate any constitutional provision.

The state government immediately challenged the order of the superior court in the superior court. His challenge was based primarily on the argument that it violates the constitutional provisions that the state should not favor or discriminate against any individual based on their religion.

Now, six years later, the Center made changes to the scholarship scheme and decided to finance 100% of the expenditure. With this, the Gujarat government rested their case.

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