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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the multi-crore Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme in Assam.

The central investigating agency will take over the case relating to the scam in the implementation of the Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme for minorities in the state from the Criminal Investigating Department (CID) of Assam Police.

Assam Minorities Development Board chairman Syed Muminul Aowal on Wednesday said the Central government has directed the CBI to initiate a probe into the scam that took place in other parts of the country as well.

“When the scam came to our knowledge, we immediately communicated with Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and finally the Central government has directed the CBI to initiate a probe,” Aowal said at a press conference in Guwahati.

Along with Assam, the CBI will probe the scam that had taken place in Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand as well.

Under the Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, a beneficiary, having 50 per cent marks in previous examination and maximum Rs 1 lakh annual family income, can avail maximum Rs 10,700 per year as scholarship money.

In connection with the scam, the CID has already arrested 21 persons from different locations of Goalpara, Darrang, Kamrup and Dhubri districts.

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