Patna: Twenty-two-year-old Krishna Kumar was amazed to receive a text message Thursday afternoon telling him Rs 9,820 had been credited into his bank account. It was the scholarship money he had not received for three years.
A Facebook message sent to deputy chief minister Tejaswi last Friday helped end Krishna's woes. Soon after receiving the message, Tejaswi, who heads the backward classes and extremely backward classes welfare department, swung into action.
Krishna, a resident of Vishwanathpur in Sitamarhi district, is pursuing BTech from Patna Sahib College of Engineering and Technology, Bhagwanpur, in Vaishali district and had been running from pillar to post for the scholarship amount given to poor students. "I am very happy I received it, finally, and this was possible thanks to Tejaswiji's intervention," Krishna told The Telegraph over the phone from Vaishali. Immediately after receiving the amount, he wrote back to Tejaswi, thanking him (see Facebook grab).
Krishna, whose father, Sitamarhi civil court advocate Ram Naresh Prasad Yadav, earns Rs 60,000 per annum, was supposed to get the scholarship in 2012. His friends suggested he approach the deputy chief minister.
"My friends told me Tejaswiji is a young leader who seems willing to help poor students, so I just took the chance and sent my application for scholarship to his Facebook page. It worked," said Krishna.
Soon after taking charge, Tejaswi had directed officials of the backward classes and extremely backward classes department to provide scholarship to all students who had not received it yet. He had been told during a review meeting that scholarships were pending for over four to five years. Tejaswi took up Krishna's case personally and ensured he got his due without further delay.
Since becoming deputy chief minister, Tejaswi has stressed on fulfilling promises made during the election campaign, one of them being providing scholarship and jobs to the unemployed youth.
Seeing Krishna's case, many more students and their parents have approached Tejaswi with similar problems on his Facebook page.
"I had called a meeting of all district welfare officers (DWOs) and given them strict instructions to clear all pending work related to release of scholarship amount," Tejaswi told The Telegraph. "The actual beneficiaries must get their scholarship on time and in future also I will ensure this."
He further said: "I have not done anybody a favour. I just performed my duty. There are other students who cannot approach me on social media and I must say that my doors are always open for everyone. They can easily approach me in my office or through my officials."
The deputy chief minister is also keeping a tab on work in his other department, road construction. On Wednesday he shot off three letters to Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, asking for funds due to the state and also chaired a meeting to discuss land acquisition hurdles for the Ganga driveway project.