Patna: The Bihar government has introduced an innovative scheme of providing scholarship to college students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Extremely Backward Class (EBC) and backward classes through e -Z-Pay card.
In the first phase, 2.50 lakh students are being provided this ATM card for which the government has made agreement with the State Bank of India.
Under the scheme the monthly scholarship will be deposited in the account of each beneficiary and the students would be able to draw the money from ATMs by using their cards.
This will rescue them from unnecessary harassment and save their time running from one place to another.
“This is a post-matric scheme and later it will be extended to school students too,” Nitish said.
The aim of the scholarship is that the students should continue with their higher education and should not drop out due to financial restrain.
Scheduled Caste, ST, EBC and Backward Classes Welfare Department Secretary Ravi Parmar said 2.50 lakh beneficiaries had been provided e Z-Pay cards in the first phase.
He said presently the students were getting monthly stipend between Rs 300 and 700 depending on their class and stream; likewise students of Class XI and XII were getting Rs 300 while students of technical education get Rs 700 per month.
This card could be used at any of 23,000 SBI ATMs, he added.
“We will also include the beneficiaries of Mukhya Mantri Chhatra Vriti Yojna under this scheme. The students of SC, ST, EBC and backward classes get Rs 10,000 on passing matric exam with first division. This time the incentive will also be paid through cards,” Parmar said.
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