Increased outlay for minorities, cycles for minority girl students

It marks an increase of 3.85 billion rupees over the previous year.

Posted on March 17, 2012, 8:21 AM



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New Delhi:

The Indian government has earmarked a sum of 31.5 million rupees for the welfare of minorities in the 2012-2013 ge

neral budget presented on Friday in parliament.

It marks an increase of 3.85 billion rupees over the previous year.

The budget, presented by federal Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, also pledged to provide free cycles for girls from minority communities studying in the tenth grade to check school drop-out rates.

A new scheme called Skill Development Initiatives has been provided 180 million in the budget.

This is for providing gainful employment to unskilled youth from the minority community. It will also take care of their skill development and inclusive growth, a spokesperson for the minority affairs ministry said.

The spokesperson said that the 2012-13 budget “significantly increases the outlay for scholarship schemes being implemented by the government for the students belonging to minorities”.

The provision for pre-matric scholarship has been increased from 5.4 billion rupees to 8.1 billion rupees while the post-matric scholarship to 4.5 billion rupees from 4.05 billion rupees last year.

The merit-cum-means scholarship scheme has received 1.98 billion rupees against 1.26 billion rupees in the revised budget estimates for current fiscal.


Source: economic times

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