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National Girls Incentive for Secondary Education re-introduced!

National Girls Incentive for Secondary Education re-introduced!

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The scholarships will however be distributed by a leading public sector bank and not Canara Bank that was earlier roped in to be the financial partner of the scholarship.


The Union human resource development ministry has re-introduced and revived scholarships to SC/ST children under the National Girls Incentive for Secondary Education(NGIGSE). The scholarships were withheld due to a bank account fiasco.

The HRD ministry said the circular on discontinuing financial support under the scheme introduced in 2008-09 by UPA-II to arrest dropout stands withdrawn. “he government has decided to redesign the NGIGSE scheme and the final decision or the shape of this scheme shall be decided shortly.

The scholarships will however be distributed by a leading public sector bank and not Canara Bank that was earlier roped in to be the financial partner of the scholarship.

A group of dalit and tribal rights activists headed by S Karrupiah of Dalit Liberation Movement petitioned the government saying more than three lakh girls hadn’t received the scholarship of Rs 3,000 since 2008 and urged the school education department to take action.

The scheme, under the direct benefit transfer model, ran into problems three years ago when funds were delayed. Centre made states create zero-balance accounts for beneficiaries, and there was a two-year delay. Meanwhile, bank accounts were closed due to ‘inactivity’ and with no accounts to release funds, Centre took back released funds.

Besides, many beneficiaries lost out as authorities entered incorrect IFSC codes or bank account numbers thereby not allowing banks to transfer the amount directly into students` account, as per government records.

Under the scheme, Rs 3,000 was to deposited in a student’s account on completion of Class VIII with beneficiaries able to withdraw it on completing 18 years and clearing Class X.


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