Srinagar: Students registered under the Government of India’s Himayat scheme for skill building and employment generation have yet to receive a single penny of the travel allowance (TA) they were promised, despite assurances given on July 15 of the same being provided within 15 days.
Students admitted to the scheme since 2016 are yet to get TA although, according to the scheme, they are to be provided Rs 175 for a day.
Except for three months of stipends in 2016, students enrolled in the scheme have not received a single penny since then. Only 180 students enrolled in three batches in 2016 got stipends. But after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani instigated a massive uprising, no stipend has been paid.
“We finished our training in December 2017 and expected stipends to be released after the course is over. But we are still waiting for it,” said students of batches A, B and C, comprising 60 students each.
They alleged that the authorities are peddling excuses when they seek their dues. “We are exhausted by making rounds to the institute where we received training,” said students, questioning the government’s then announcement of giving training over three years to more than one lakh youth when no funds were available.
“We are not able to understand what is the fun of launching these schemes when they are not able to pay the students,” a student told Kashmir Reader.
For its part, the head of the Himayat project implementing agency in Kashmir, Barakat Ali Wani, told Kashmir Reader that the agency has completed all formalities from its side. “We have sent the list of the batches and recommendations as well. But as of now, there has being no response from the Ministry (of Human Resource Development),” he said.
“We have got inputs that may be the state government will run the Himayat programme by itself. In both the cases, students will get the money as the paper work has been done,” he added
The scheme is meant as a training-cum-placement programme for unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir. The programme has been developed and initiated by the Ministry of Rural Development.