Major changes approved in PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund
Changes include enhanced scholarships for wards of police personnel martyred in terror or Maoist attacks
On his first day at office in his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sanctioned an increase in the money awarded under scholarships for the children of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the railway protection forces killed in the line of duty.
The scholarships are awarded under the National Defence Fund, set up in 1962 to take charge of the voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, a government statement said.
On Friday, the scheme was also been extended to the wards of state police personnel killed in terrorist and Maoist violence, the government statement said.
“In line with the Prime Minister’s vision for India’s safety, security and the well-being of those who protect the nation, the very first decision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on assuming his office is approval to a major change in the ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund," the statement said.
The rates of scholarship have been increased from ₹2,000 per month to ₹2,500 per month for boys and from ₹2,250 per month to ₹3,000 per month for girls," it said.
“The quota of new scholarships for wards of state police officials will be 500 in a year," it said adding that under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme, every year new scholarships are given to 5,500 wards of armed forces, 2,000 wards of paramilitary forces controlled by home ministry and 150 wards of forces controlled by railways ministry.