Bhopal : Minister for Scheduled Caste and Tribe Welfare Sushri Meena Singh instructed officers of the department to ensure that the amount of scholarships given to students of scheduled caste should be deposited in their bank accounts in time. She further mentioned that it will be ensured that the paucity of funds will not hamper the welfare schemes of people belonging to scheduled caste category. Sushri Meena singh was reviewing the departmental schemes meant for scheduled caste at Mantralaya today. Principal Secretary Smt. Pallavi Jain Govil was also present at the meeting.
Minister Sushri Meena Singh stated that youths who are selected and being helped under the Civil Services Protsahan Yojana should be encouraged to appear in UPSC, PSC service examination besides other government services examinations. As regard to the Foreign Study Scholarship, Sushri Meena Singh mentioned that it should be ensured that youths, who have been given the scholarship should get employment accordingly. It was informed in the meeting that last year, 47 students belonging to scheduled castes were selected for higher studies abroad. This year, a process is underway to select 50 students and send them abroad for higher studies. In the last 2 years, financial assistance of Rs. 14 crore has been provided to 68 students towards foreign studies scholarship.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Medhavi Vidhyarthi Puraskar Yojana
It was informed in the meeting that Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar awards are being conferred to meritorious students belonging to scheduled caste category for securing highest marks in class 10th and 12th board examination. A cash reward of Rs. 51 thousand to the student for securing highest marks in class 12th and Rs. 30 thousand to student for securing first position in class 10th has been given.
Gyanodaya Residential Schools
Gyanodaya schools are being run in 10 divisional headquarters of the state. In these schools, the capacity of admission of scheduled caste students has been increased from 280 to 640 per school. Sanction has been given for 755 works last year under the Scheduled Caste Basti Vikas Yojana of the department. Out of these, 522 works have already been completed and an amount of about Rs. 51 crore has been spent. A sum of Rs. 80 crore will be spent this year on development of scheduled caste settlements. Principal Secretary Smt. Pallavi Jain Govil informed that loan worth Rs. 150 crore has been given last year to 3602 beneficiaries belonging to scheduled caste category under the Mukhya Mantri Swa-Rozgar Yojana. Along with this, about Rs. 43 crore in the form of grant has been given to the selected youths for self-employment.
Commissioner Tribal welfare Shri B. Chandrashekhar has informed that under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, an amount of Rs. 40 crore has been spent this year in selected villages towards potable water, education, health, nutrition, sanitation, rural roads, skill development etc. He further mentioned that special police stations are functioning in 51 districts for implementation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Moreover, special courts are functioning in 50 districts under the Law and Legislative Affairs department. Construction works were also reviewed during the meeting.