By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 13: State government has taken a decision to hike pre-Matriculation scholarship from Rs 25 to Rs 100 for the students belonging to Schedule Tribes (ST) of the state studying from 1st to 10th standard. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Department yesterday at the conference hall of CM Secretariat which was presided over by Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal.
In order to identify the talents from rural areas for honing their skills by imparting training, Sonowal directed various development boards of the state to take steps for giving impetus to sports and cultural activities. The sporting talents identified locally would be placed under the wings of Sports and Youth Welfare Department which would take responsibility to develop their skills further through advanced training, Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also directed the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Department to take action for imparting vocatiol training to 1,000 ST students in line with the SC students of the state. Sonowal also directed the Department to construct multi-purpose community halls at those areas where there is more than fifty per cent ST and SC population so that youth of those areas can be encouraged in the fields of sports, culture etc.
Minister for Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Pramila Rani Brahma, Additiol Chief Secretary of the Department Rajib Bora, Commissioner and Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia were present at the meeting, among others.