Jammu and Kashmir government has launched two schemes for girl students belonging to economically deprived sections of the State.

More than 5,000 girls belonging to economically weaker sections of the society in the state will benefit from the ’Girl Child Scheme’ and ‘Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme’ announced by the state government on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, an official spokesman said here today.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of officers chaired by Minister for Education Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed yesterday.

Under the incentive for Girl Child scheme, 5,016 girl students would be covered.

“An amount of Rs. 1.50 crores has been sanctioned for the scheme in which each girl will get Rs. 3,000. The amount will be deposited in the form of fixed deposit in a bank for which the zero balanced accounts have already been opened in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in respective localities,” he said.

The students can encash this amount after successful completion of secondary education.

Under the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship scheme, the girl candidates, whose family income is less than Rs. three lakh per annum, would be covered, he said.

“The girl candidates have to appear in the National Talent Search Test to be conducted by Board of School Education and ones who qualify the test would be sanctioned a scholarship of Rs. 3,000 each for completion of secondary education,” the spokesman added.

The aim of the schemes is to make education available to the underprivileged sections of the society.

Meanwhile, Governor N. N. Vohra paid rich tributes to the Father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi.

Vohra described Mahatama as an apostle of peace and a staunch believer of non-violence and said the sacrifices and teachings of Mahatama are indelibly imprinted on the global conscience.