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Ranchi: Students of the below poverty line (BPL) families, relying on government’s aid for education, would not need doing the rounds of Babu’s offices to get their scholarship amount. They will have it now transferred online either to their respective institutions or their own bank account on time.
As part of its initiative to adopt e-Governance system, the Jharkhand government has launched the much-awaited online fund transfer facility that aims to benefit over 4 lakh students belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (STs), other backward classes (OBCs) and minority community students studying in the state and outside.
The new practice is set to do away with the complaints of delay in payment of the scholarship amount offered to the State from the Centre. Procedural delays in the past also led to surrender of a huge portion of the fund because of its non-utilisation by the State Tribal Welfare Department.
The state government gets Rs 153 crore from the centre under different heads of the scholarships for students belonging to the deprived sections.
The scholarships also benefit the deprived section of students studying right from class one to the post graduation levels. The aid is of great help for about 3500 poor students, who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses with different technical institutions across the country.
State Welfare minister Haji Hussain Ansari kicked off the facility at a programme held at the regional office of the Bank of India last week, by making online transfer of Rs 65 lakh scholarship amount to accounts of as many as 184 students, who are undergoing under graduate and post graduate courses at the Allahabad Agriculture University.
“Earlier, students had to rely on manual and cumbersome way of transferring the scholarships. A clearance from the Treasury was needed after which bank drafts were sent to the students. The process was time consuming and hindered academic process,” Deputy Director (Tribal Welfare) Suman Kumar said.
SC-ST and minority students, who have a family income of less than a lakh per annum and OBC students with family income less than 44,500 are eligible for the scholarship.
For studying outside the state, a student needs to apply to the Tribal Welfare Commissioner and the concerned district and block offices.
State Human Resources Minister Helmal Murmu said that the government has set in motion the process for opening bank account of each and every beneficiary under different scholarship programmes.