MULTAN - Commissioner Multan division Muhammad Khurram Agha disclosed on Monday that scholarships worth Rs142 million were given to 3,316 students of the division under the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) while more grants were in the pipeline for poor and deserving students of the region.

Addressing a meeting of PEEF here at his office, he added that the scholarships were being given at secondary, intermediate, graduation and masters level and the gamut of the programme was being widened on the order of the chief minister Punjab. "We're going to appoint focal persons at divisional, district and tehsil level.

The director of colleges will be focal person at divisional level, DOC district and assistant commissioner tehsil," he added. He revealed that 90 per cent funds were allocated for the students of government schools and colleges while the students of private institutions would also get 10 per cent share. Similarly, he added, at least 20 per cent quota will be given to the children of government employees of grade-1 to 4.

He told the meeting that seminars and other activities would be held at divisional, district and tehsil levels on the orders of chief minister so that maximum number of students could get information on this programme and benefit from it. He declared a total of 131 activities would be held in Multan division and the central function would take place in Multan on October 2.

Senior manager for scholarships PEEF Naved Akbar Cheema briefed the participants of the meeting on this occasion.

Protest against POL price hike: The growers of the area have strongly condemned skyrocketing hike in POL prices here the other day. They said that the government must generate revenue but there were several other ways to increase its resources.

Addressing a press conference, Kissan Board Gujranwala division President Amanullah Chattha said that due to unabated hike in POL prices it had become very difficult rather impossible for the growers to operate their tractors or tube-wells and demanded withdrawal of recent hike otherwise the growers would be constrained to launch protest movement.