Rs 59,000 crore Released Under Scholarship Scheme for 5 Years in Assam: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale
In last five years, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment released Rs 59 crore under the scholarship scheme in Assam, with 60:40 ratio by Centre & State
GUWAHATI: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that the Ministry has released Rs. 59,000 crore under the scholarship scheme for Assam for five years, and the pattern of funding between the Centre and the State government for the scheme is 60:40. After the five-year span, there will be 5 per cent increase in the Central share of the Scheme till it reaches 80 per cent.
Addressing to the media here on Sunday, the Minister said that 7% of the population of the State belong to Schedule Caste whereastribals constitute 15% of the population.
Under the scholarship scheme, the minister said,
The Union Minister said that he visited the State under the instruction of the Prime Minister to provide and supervise facilities to the North Eastern States.
Speaking on the schemes for Divyangs, the Minister said that his ministries is working for providing opportunities and facilities for the disabled people so as to ensure protection of their rights and enable their full participation in the society. He informed the media that 1,62,000Divyangs have been receiving pension of Rs. 1000 every month in Assam. This apart, the reservation for the Divyangs in Central Government, State Government and Semi Government services has been increased, he said, and added, "Families with income less than Rs 8 lakh per annum will receive 10% reservation."
The Minister categorically mentioned that no atrocity has been recorded against SC/ST in Assam in 2020 and for which he thanked the efforts of the State government under the leadership of Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal. The Minister also said that under the PradhanMantriUjjwalaYojana (PMUY) 35,67,000 cylinder connections were provided so far since 2016. In Jan DhanYojana, a total of 1.81 crore accounts have been opened in Assam. He said that under PradhanMantriAwasYojana around 7,30,000 have got their homes so far and under PradhanMantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) laons worth Rs. 83.40 lakh have been extended to beneficiaries to support micro or small business as well as start-ups from 2015.