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GoI stops scholarships for Bengal students, Mamata says ‘divisions being created among people’

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. [File Photo]

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has criticized the BJP-led government of India’s move to discontinue scholarships for students of backward castes and minority communities, and said her government would be providing them aid.

Launching the ‘Medhashree’ scholarship scheme, under which students belonging to the backward and minority communities will be entitled to Rs 800 as grant, she said that her government would do its bit to protect their interests.

“The central government has stopped scholarships for students of OBC and other minorities. But don’t be worried. We will be providing the same grant to them,” Banerjee said during an administrative review meeting.

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