Pre Metric Scholarship Rs.8000 to SC Students and Whose Parent Involving in Cleaning - Orders and Timeline Schedule Released

Pre Metric Scholarship Rs.8000 to SC Students and Whose Parent Involving in Cleaning - Orders and Timeline Schedule Released 

It is to inform that the Government of India is implementing the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship to children of those engaged in occupations involving cleaning and prone to health hazards. Under the scheme, 60% central assistance is provided by the Government of India, with the balance met from the state budget.

The scheme guidelines are mentioned below.

Objectives of the Scheme: The scheme aims to support, through financial assistance, parents of children belonging to Schedules Caste and otherdisadvantaged categories for education of their wards studying at the Pre-Matric stage so that their participation improves, the incidence of drop-out- especially in the transition from the primary to the next level and elementary to the secondary stage is minimized, they perform better and have a better chance of progressing to the Post-matric stage of education Scope: The scholarship will be provided for students studying in Goverment School and private schools which have been duly recognized by the concerned State Government Union Territory Administration/ Central Board having valid UDISE code.

Who are eligible?

Students should be studying in classes I to X on a full time basis

i. 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 200) (g) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013

b. Tanners & Flayers 

c. Waste pickers and

d. Persons engaged in hazardous cleaning as defined in Section 211) (d) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013.

ii. There is no family income celling under this Scheme Scholarship amount: For day scholars, total eligible amount is Rs.3000 pa and for hostellers, it is Rs.8000 p.a (for Class II to X).

Flow Chart for filing and processing of applications for the scheme: The following is the Flow Chart prescribed for processing of applications under the above Scheme:

-The application has to be filled up and signed by parent and given in the village/ward secretariat. In case of illiteracy of parent, the WEA/WEDPS has to fill it on behalf of the parent and take thumb impression. - WEA/WEDPS has to enter the application details in online in Nava Sakam login in the service provided for this scheme. - Mother has to give Bio-metric Authentication in the Secretariat for confirmation of application details. Only in case of death of mother, father can give bio metric authentication.

Remarks of the WEA/WEDPS: Eligible/Not eligible as per scheme guidelines.

- Application gets pushed to login of MPDO/Municipal Commissioner

- In case of rejected option, remarks have to be entered. - Then application gets enabled for release at the State Level

Since, the MPDO/Municipal commissioner are designated as the approval authorities for the confirmation of eligibility of the applications, there is no need to insist on any certificate from the Local Body as proof of being engaged in those occupations, since Municipal Commissioner/MPDO are the heads/coordination officers of the local bodies and they have the official internal mechanism for verifying the occupation status of the applicants parent..

The role for DSCWEOS and their ASWOS is to give publicity to the scheme, coordinate with NGOs and SC Associations for identification of eligible beneficiaries for filing of applications and monitoring the processing of applications till all eligible applications reach the final stage of release of the amounts. The list of waste pickers available with the local bodies as part of Swachha Survekshan data base may be taken for following up with them to file applications for their school going children.

In view of the above guidelines, all DSCWEOS are requested to communicate the scheme details to all WEAS, WEDPSS. It is also requested to conduct a one hour training program to them at the district level through online/physical on this new scheme. A press note may also be released 

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