Bhubaneswar, Oct 9: As many as 26 lakh students belonging to Scheduled Castes and children of parents/guardians who are engaged in scavenging and hazardous occupations will get pre-matric scholarships for 2023-24 by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
Students can get detailed information on the department's website www.socialjustice.gov.in.
Students will have to give their valid mobile number, Aadhar number, bank account number linked with Aadhar, and Income & caste certificates.
This scheme has two components, which are as follows:
Component 1: Pre-matric scholarship for SC students
i. The students should be studying in classes IX and X on a full-time basis.
ii. They should belong to a Scheduled Caste.
iii. Their Parent/Guardian's income should not exceed Rs 2.50 lakh per annum.
Component 2: Pre-matric scholarship for children of parents/guardians engaged in unclean and hazardous occupation
i. The students should be studying in classes I to X on a full-time basis.
ii. Scholarship will be admissible to the children/wards of parents/guardians who, irrespective of their caste/religion belong to one of the following categories;
a. Persons who are manual scavengers as defined under section 2(I) (g) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013
b. Tanners & flyers
c. Waste pickers
d. Persons engaged in hazardous cleaning as defined in Section 2(I) (d) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013.
iii. There is no family income ceiling under this component of the scheme.