New Delhi: Ahead of assembly elections, the Delhi government on Tuesday extended the benefits under its 'Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Yojana', which provides financial aid for coaching to students from Scheduled Castes (SC), to Other Backward Classes (OBC) and economically weaker sections. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government also increased the financial assistance under the scheme to ₹1 lakh from ₹40,000.
The decision, taken in a meeting of the state cabinet, will be applicable to students who have passed class 10 and 12 from Delhi and whose family earns less than ₹8 lakh annually. The government had launched the scheme last year to provide financial assistance to SC students.
“Today there is a lot of competition. Those born in poor families are also very intelligent but are left behind due to their economic status. We don’t want any child to be left behind due to their economic ability. We had taken out a Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Yojana a year back. So far this was applicable only for SC category students and they were getting only ₹40,000," Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference.
“During implementation it was seen that the amount was less and the benefit could not be taken by other students. The cabinet has increased that amount to ₹100000 and will be applicable for SC, OBC and economically weaker sections of general category students," he added.
Under the scheme, the state government will finance the coaching depending on the course and duration. For example, for civil services exam the government will give ₹1 lakh for 12-month coaching and for Master in Business Administration ₹50,000 for six-month coaching.
The government has a panel of coaching institutes through which the amount will be transferred directly. For students who go to institutes not on the government panel, the amount will be transferred to the student.
The scheme was in news last week after a tailor’s son got admission in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) where Kejriwal’s son also got admission. Since the launch, the scheme has been availed by approximately 5,900 students who have secured admission in IITs and medical colleges.