The Modi authorities goals to present post-matric scholarship to over 4 crore students belonging to the Scheduled Castes class over the subsequent 5 years, elevating the quantity from present 60 lakh beneficiaries, senior BJP chief and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot mentioned Tuesday.
He additionally advised reporters the federal government’s latest resolution to elevate the Centre’s share in the scholarship quantity to 60 per cent, and hike it progressively to 80 per cent, will consequence in a complete expenditure of over Rs 59,048 crore by 2025-26 and guarantee monitory help to the underprivileged students in time.
The Centre had spent solely round Rs 1,100 crore yearly in the final two years beneath an earlier system, now modified by the Modi authorities, which had led to an increase in state’s share, with nearly half of the 36 states and Union Territories not getting any contribution from the Union dispensation, he advised reporters.
Many states wouldn’t pay scholarship on time or use the fund for another functions ensuing in rising dropouts from SC students due to lack of scholarship, he mentioned, including it will change now.
Money will likely be now immediately transferred to the coed’s checking account and the Centre will contribute solely after the state has completed so, he mentioned.
“This is a historic decision. It will boost educational standards. No state has opposed our announcement,” Gehlot, a Dalit face of the ruling occasion, mentioned.
The share of students benefiting from the post-metric scholarship has risen to 23 from 17 in 2014-15, and the federal government is working to increase the variety of beneficiaries to 27 per cent, he mentioned.
Addressing the press convention, BJP basic secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam hit out on the earlier Congress-led UPA authorities on the Centre, saying over 50 lakh faux beneficiaries have been getting scholarships at the price of Dalit students.
He alleged a rip-off in the Congress-ruled Punjab, citing lack of paperwork relating to the record of scholarship beneficiaries in the state.
Hailing the Modi authorities, he mentioned it has labored to construct memorials in honour of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar who, he alleged, by no means obtained due recognition from the sooner Congress regimes.
The Union Cabinet had final week permitted adjustments in the centrally sponsored Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme to profit greater than 4 crore Scheduled Caste students in the subsequent 5 years and permitted a complete funding of over Rs 59,000 crore for the aim.
This resolution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned, will guarantee larger academic entry to children belonging to SC communities.
“Ensuring top quality and affordable education to our youth is an important focus area for our government,” he had mentioned in a tweet.