Punjab govt to probe alleged SC/BC scholarship scam: Minister

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 20

The Congress government in Punjab will adopt zero tolerance towards drug menace and corrupt practices, while all the misdeeds of previous SAD-BJP regime will be probed, state cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said on Monday.

The government will probe the alleged scam worth crores in the disbursement of scholarships to Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes students and anyone found involved in scam will be dealt with severely, he told reporters here.

Dharmsot, the minister for SC/BC welfare and Forest Department had come here to pay obeisance at historical Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib after becoming minister.

To a query, he said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has great concern about the closer and shifting of industrial units particularly in Mandi Gobindgarh.

He said soon the chief minister would meet the industrialists and come out with new industrial policy to restart the industry in Mandi Gobindgarh.

His department will initiate a campaign to boost the rural economy as well as to make clean and green rural environment through sapling plantation campaign on one-third panchayat land by involving MNREGA workers, he sadi, adding that it would help create an eco-friendly environment and generation of employment for MNREGA workers.

Each MNREGA worker will be allotted 200 saplings to look after, he said. — PTI