The bank branch from where students will get their scholarship money.
Picture by Gautam Dey
The Dhanbad district administration is all set to switch over to the tech route for providing scholarships to SC, ST and OBC students of Classes I to X of government schools.
At a function at the district collectorate on October 11, the administration will launch a new electronic system under which scholarships will be directly deposited in the bank accounts of respective school management committees.
Accounts of 1,911 school management committees of same number of primary, middle and high schools have been opened at Axis Bank with the district welfare department depositing a whopping Rs 3,33,79,780. Individual bank accounts have also been opened for Classes IX and X students.
While the school committees will hand over the money to students of Classes I to VII, the sum will be deposited in the bank accounts of those studying in Classes IX and X.
District welfare officer Sangita Sharan said the money transferred would be distributed among eligible students of Classes I to VIII on October 19.
“Initially, Rs 3,33,79,780 will be distributed among 1,02,906 SC, ST and OBC students of Classes I to VIII of 1,902 schools,” said Sharan.
She explained that eligible students of Classes IX and X would have to wait as the central government was revising the scholarship amount for OBC students of higher classes. “The state also ordered a stay on scholarships for SC, ST students of Classes IX and X to prevent confusion.”
The remaining 40 per cent of students of Classes I to VIII and those of Classes IX and X are likely to get their scholarships in November after transfer of around Rs 4 crore.
At present, students of Classes I to IV get Rs 15 per month (Rs 180 annually), those from Classes V to VI are entitled to Rs 30 a month (Rs 360 per annum) while those from Classes VII to X receive Rs 55 per month (Rs 660) per annum.
According to sources, earlier the process of providing scholarships to students of government schools was dogged with delay, thanks to transfer of funds through a long chain. Under the previous system, the state welfare department released the sum to district welfare department, which, in turn, forwarded the same to block development officers, who then sent it to the school management committees.
The electronic process has already been implemented in some districts like Ranchi.