The Modi government aims to provide post-matriculation scholarships to more than four million students belonging to the scheduled caste category over the next five years, increasing the number of current recipients from 60 lakh, the BJP senior leader said Tuesday. and Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot.
He also told reporters that the recent government decision to increase the Center’s share of the scholarship amount to 60 percent, and progressively increase it to 80 percent, will result in a total expenditure of more than Rs 59,048 crore by 2025. -26 and will guarantee monitoring assistance. to disadvantaged students over time.
The Center had spent only around 1.1 billion rupees a year in the past two years under an earlier formula, now modified by the Modi government, which had led to an increase in the state’s share, with nearly half of the 36 Union states and territories that did not get any contribution from the Union dispensation, he told reporters.
Many states would not pay the scholarships on time or use the fund for other purposes, leading to increased dropouts for SC students due to lack of scholarships, he said, adding that this will change now.
The money will now be transferred directly to the student’s bank account and the Center will contribute only after the state has done so, he said.
“This is a historic decision. It will drive educational standards. No state has opposed our announcement, ”said Gehlot, a Dalit face of the ruling party.
The percentage of students benefiting from the postmetric scholarship has risen to 23 from 17 in 2014-15, and the government is working to increase the number of recipients to 27 percent, he said.
Addressing the press conference, BJP Secretary General Dushyant Kumar Gautam criticized the former Congress-led UPA government at the Center, saying that more than 50 lakh of bogus recipients were receiving scholarships at the expense of students. dalit.
He alleged a scam in Congress-run Punjab, citing the lack of documents on the list of scholarship recipients in the state.
Praising the Modi government, he said that it has worked to build monuments honoring Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar who, it alleged, never gained due recognition from previous congressional regimes.
The Union Cabinet last week approved changes to the centrally sponsored Post-Matric Scholarship Plan to benefit more than four crore of Scheduled Caste students over the next five years and approved a total investment of more than Rs 59,000 crore for this purpose.
This decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, will guarantee greater access to education for young people from SC communities.
“Ensuring affordable, high-quality education for our youth is an important focus area for our government,” he tweeted.