Centre depriving Chandigarh schools of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds

With the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) releasing just half of the budget allocated under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), child-centred activities in UT government schools have been suffering. Implementation of self-defence training, remedial teaching and other components that are given the go-ahead by the Project Approval Board (PAB) were affected last year due to fund crunch. Sources say this year, too, children will have to suffer too. In 2015-16, the PAB, which is under the MHRD, released only 60% of the approved budget to UT. Against the…

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Hostel fee in education institutes exempt from GST: Centre

New Delhi: Refuting reports that hostel fee charged by educational institutions will attract 18 per cent GST, the Finance Ministry on Thursday said such services provided to students, faculty and staff are fully exempt under the new indirect tax regime. “There are some reports that GST at the rate of 18 per cent will be levied on annual subscription/ fee charged for lodging in hostels. This is not true. There is no change in tax liability relating to education and related services in the GST era, except reduction in tax rate…

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Punjab minister urges Centre to release scholarship funds

Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot today urged the Centre to take immediate measures to release the state’s share of Rs 1,046.48 crore in connection with the post-matric scholarship scheme of Scheduled Caste students. He was speaking at a regional conference of Social Welfare ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh here. The event was organised under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry. The meeting was presided over by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. Dharmsot is Punjab’s Scheduled Castes, Backward…

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