Chief Minister launches scheme for minority students
HYDERABAD: From a paltry Rs.4 crore provided by the earlier government four years back, the budget for scholarship to minority students in State has been increased to more than Rs.208 crore, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said here on Tuesday.
Launching the new online transfer of scholarships direct to the students accounts as part of Minority Welfare Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at Exhibition Grounds, Dr. Reddy said more than 7.71 lakh pre and post-matric students benefited from the scholarships.
He electronically transferred the scholarship amount to the accounts of some students during the function.
In the first year after his government took over, the amount was increased to Rs.10 crore and with subsequent increments, was raised to more than Rs.208 crore, he said.
“We want all minority children of the State to get best of the education and for that, we are prepared to take all possible steps,” the Chief Minister said.
With the new facility introduced today, the students henceforth do not have to visit any office and meet any body since the scholarship amount gets deposited directly to their account.
In his address, Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad M.P, complimented Dr. Reddy for various initiatives taken up for the minorities and hoped the budget for this purpose would be increased further next year.
The Minister for Minorities Welfare, Mohd. Ali Shabbir, Rajya Sabha Member, V. Hanumantha Rao and others were also present. Later, the Chief Minister visited the Haj Camp and greeted the Haj pilgrims and requested them to pray for the development and prosperity of the State.