Hike in SC, ST, OBC scholarships

Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided to double the scholarship amount for students from Scheduled  Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes and minorities in Class XI and XII in Delhi.

It was also decided to enhance the monthly pension being released to aged persons and widows in respect to SC,ST and minorities.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said a cabinet decision has been taken to enhance financial assistance to provide more help to widows at the time of their daughters’ weddings. Dikshit told reporters that increase in scholarships is going to be two fold.

“Presently, students in classes XI and XII scoring marks between 55 and 60 per cent are  given Rs 1,620 as annual scholarship. Henceforth, students scoring 55 to 70 per cent marks will get Rs 3,000. Students scoring 60 per cent and more in class X are being given Rs 2,040 as annual scholarship. However, students scoring 70 per cent and more in class X examination will now get Rs  4,500 as scholarship,” said Dikshit.

She added the decision will benefit 70,000 students and the government will bear the expense of Rs 25 crore per annum.

Dikshit said the monthly pension for widows and aged persons belonging to SC, ST and minority categories has also been substantially increased.

The present pension of Rs 1,000 per month has been increased to Rs 1,500 per month. This will also be applicable to the monthly pension for all abandoned women from SC, ST and minority groups, she said.

Financial assistance for marriage of widow’s daughter has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.

* Students in classes XI and XII scoring marks between 55 and 70 per cent will get amount of Rs 3,000 .
*  Students scoring 70 per cent and more in class X will   get an amount of Rs 4,500.

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