Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday clarified that restructuring of the minority student scholarship will not result in any reduction in the benefits to those already receiving it.
He said the restructuring was carried out in accordance with the direction of the Kerala High Court to include those minority groups which were earlier not being adequately considered under the scholarship scheme.
However, it was not going to result in any reduction in benefits to those groups who were already receiving the scholarship, he asserted.
The chief minister said people should believe it when his government was repeatedly saying there was not going to be any reduction.
He said Leader of the Opposition V D Satheesan had initially accepted the government’s decision and only changed his stance due to the way the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) reacted, which was not an appropriate reaction.
Vijayan said that IUML should show that there has been a reduction before making such comments.