Legislative backing for Tuition Fee Scheme
The Cabinet sub-committee on tuition fee reimbursement and scholarships scheme in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday decided to enact a law to provide legislative backing to the welfare measure.
The aim is to prevent future governments from tampering or diluting the scheme and ensuring financial security to eligible students.
In taking the decision, the nine-member committee, headed by Social Welfare Minister P. Subhash Chandra Bose, went by a directive reportedly issued by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, sources said.
The meeting was attended by Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana (Panchayat Raj), D. Sridhar Babu (Higher Education), P. Balaraju (Tribal Welfare), M. Mukesh (Backward Classes Welfare) and N. Raghuveera Reddy (Agriculture).
It was also decided that the government would fully clear the last year’s arrears due to college managements and students by 10th October, 2010 by releasing another 250 crore.
As against the last year’s arrears of 2,093 crore, a sum of 1,843 crore had been released so far.
Mr. Bose said the legislation would stipulate that the scheme will have to be implemented on the saturation concept as now, saturating the needs of all eligible students.
At the same time, it would lay down some conditions to be fulfilled by the applicants to be eligible for the benefit.
These conditions would require parental annual income of the applicant to be below 1 lakh and at least 75 per cent attendance for renewal of the aid for the second year of the course.
Mr. Bose said the government had opted for the legislation as the scheme was being implemented now through executive orders which could be scrapped by future governments.
The Law Secretary had been asked to prepare a draft Bill with provision to punish college managements and students for committing irregularities.