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3.54 crore SCS , OBC students covered under digital payment of 14 scholarship schemes, says govt

India Blooms News Service | | 16 Apr 2017, 06:10 pm
New Delhi, Apr 16 (IBNS): 14 scholarship schemes for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) or Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes (DNTs) students covering 3.54 crore students are under digital payment and have been released to student's bank account, the government said.

The government said all scholarship amount are released to students’ bank account and there is 60% Aadhaar seeding in SC student bank account.

This was stated by Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment while addressing a Press Conference on “Major Social Welfare Initiatives” here on Saturday.

Educational Empowerment for SCs is through scholarships, hostels for students, coaching facilities, capital for creation/upgradation of premises, institution etc.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment implements seven different types of scholarships, which include: Post and Pre-Matric Scholarships; Top Class Scholarship; National Overseas Scholarships; National Fellowship for Scheduled Castes administered by the UGC; Pre-Matric Scholarship for Children of those engaged in unclean occupations; Free Coaching for Scheduled Castes and OBCs (70: 30 ratio); and Upgradation of merit. The Government of India believes that Education for all is the key to empowerment. Nearly 54 % of Budget of the M/o SJ&E is incurred on scholarships for Scheduled castes.

Each branch of public sector banks has been assigned responsibility by the Finance Ministry to handhold at least one SC/ST youth, as an entrepreneur, to generate more employment among them.