Taking part in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, giving a go-ahead for setting up a skill development center to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams.
In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in memory of the great personality, and said that Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar would hold an annual seminar on Lord Valmiki every year on the eve of his birth anniversary.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed post matriculation SC scholarship certificates to the students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by technical education and other departments for the Dalit community in the state.
He said that his government is committed to the welfare of the community. The Chief Minister said that the State Scholarship Scheme would ensure that poor SC students get free higher education, which was wrongly denied by the Government of India by the sudden withdrawal of central assistance of Rs 800 crore to the state.
He said that Dr. The BR Ambedkar Post Metric SC Scholarship is being launched by the Center without any financial contribution, which will provide 100 per cent fee waiver to SC students for giving a net savings of about Rs 550 crore.
The scheme, which will benefit more than 3,00,000 poor SC students every year, will not include any advance payment by government and private educational institutions to these students.
The institutes will provide free education to scheduled caste students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the chief minister announced, adding students will also get a monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms etc.
Giving details of Lord Valmiki Tirath stall projects, the Chief Minister said that these include Maharishi Valmiki (Rs 25-30 crore), mask lights (Rs 10.9 crore), filtration plant at Sarovar (Rs 4.75 crore), furniture (Rs 2 crore Rs) and the creation of ‘Parikrama’ (Rs 1.3 crore).
Inaugurating ITI’s temporary campus at Bhagavan Valmiki Tirath Mahal, popularly known as Ram Tirath, Amarinder Singh said that the institute would contribute to more employment generation for the youth.
Approximately 90 trainees were admitted to the institute so far, he announced that the student strength would be increased to 240 next year, when the building would be renovated at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore and machinery worth Rs 3.5 crore would be procured. .
He said that the number of courses will also be increased from the current four to nine.