There is a failure on the part of the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department responsible for the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme, in making appropriate demands for budgetary release, said former Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare secretary, Christodas Gandhi.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a booklet release carrying the Post Matric Scholarship Guidelines, Mr. Gandhi said that the State’s role in ensuring adequate release of funds, which requires ascertaining the amount given to all districts, is not being carried out properly. There is a repeated refusal by the Finance department in approving and allocating sufficient funds for this scheme.

Neither the Finance department nor the Adi Dravidar Welfare Department has ever undertaken an appraisal or a dialogue with Scheduled Caste students and activists on the functioning of this scheme, he said.

The problem of late release of scholarships is found even at the Secretariat level where fund allocation is made only after September.

There is no procedural problem in releasing funds well in advance, that is, at the end of the previous academic year during the months of April and May, Mr. Gandhi pointed out.