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Cong: interest-free education loan scheme not reaching students

PANAJI: Stating that the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was doing injustice to the education portfolio, the Congress party, on Monday, alleged that the interest-free education loan scheme of the state government is not reaching the students.

The opposition party said that the students who have opted for higher professional courses in Goa and outside Goa are being harassed by their institutions as their loan amount have not been transferred to these institutions by the Goa Education Development Corporation.

“Loan amount of the previous academic year has not reached the respective institution of the students. There are 20 such students who have approached us. A loan amount of Rs 80, 000 pertaining to each student is pending under the scheme,” said Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Amarnath Panjikar, while addressing a press conference in Panaji.

He claimed that students’ admissions are kept on hold by many institutions due to the non-payment of fees. Panjikar further said that the parents are compelled to either sell their belongings  to pay the fees of their children.

“Officials of the GEDC are giving the lame excuse that the loan amount has not been released as the Model Code of Conduct was in force during the recently concluded parliamentary elections. The Chief Minister should look into the matter and get the issue resolved as the students’ future is at stake,” he said. Panjikar said that “in the next two days if the government fails to release the loan amount then the Congress party will gherao the officials of the GEDC.” He further demanded with the government to regularise the services of the teachers working on a contract basis in the vocational streams in different technical institutes across the state.

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