Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to restructure the minority student scholarship ratio after the Kerala High Court order quashing the 2015 state government order. The government said that no minority community in the state will be deprived of their rightful claim on scholarship.
In a statement released by the government, it was mentioned that restructure will be done based on the 2011 population Census.
The Kerala High Court had on May 29 quashed the 2015 state government order providing scholarships in 80:20 ratio to Muslims and Latin Christians and converted Christians, saying it was 'legally unsustainable.'
"The scholarship ratio will be restructured in such a manner that no community will be denied the benefit. It will be based on the 2011 Census data as instructed by the Kerala High Court," the state government said in a release. As per the Census, the state has a minority population of 26.56% Muslims, 18.38% Christians, 0.01% Buddhists, 0.01% Jain community and 0.01% Sikh population. The scholarship ratio will be restructured without the eligible sections losing the number and amount of scholarships, the government added.
"A sum of Rs 23.51 crore is required for distributing scholarships and the cabinet meeting decided to sanction a non-budgetary allocation of Rs 6.2 crore," the release said. The High Court had directed the Left government to pass appropriate orders, providing merit-cum-means scholarship to members of the notified minority communities within the state equally and in accordance with the latest population census available with the State Minority Commission. However, the Indian Union Muslim League has come out slamming the move of the government.
Meanwhile, the state cabinet also decided to provide Rs 3 lakh to the family of Sajith, who died by suicide while under police custody at a mental health centre. It was also resolved to recommend to the Governor to convene the second session of the 15th Legislative Assembly from July 22.