Assam Budget 2024: State launches Rs 240-crore scholarship scheme to educate 10 lakh girls

Assam Budget 2024-25: State to pay Rs 10,000 to each girl joining Class 9; Rs 15,000 to those taking up PG

Budget 2024 Assam: Rs 12,500 for girl students joining the first year of undergraduate studies (Representational Image: DIET)Budget 2024 Assam: Rs 12,500 for girl students joining the first year of undergraduate studies (Representational Image: DIET)

Atul Krishna | February 12, 2024 | 06:25 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Assam has allocated Rs 240 crore for a new scheme, Mukhya Mantri Nijut Moina, to educate and empower girl children through financial assistance and incentives at various levels, state finance minister Ajanta Neog announced.

The new scheme will provide financial grants to over 10 lakh girls as incentive for enrolling in higher education. This involves Rs 12,500 for girl students joining the first year of undergraduate studies and Rs 15,000 for post graduation.

The scheme also has a provision for Rs 10,000 to each girl student who joins Class 9.

The Assam Budget 2024 has also announced Rs 1,250 crore for creating 5,000 model anganwadi centres across the state. Moreover, around Rs 2,370 crore will be spent on the transformation and upgrade of infrastructure in 322 schools.

Dibrugarh University, more schools

The budget has also proposed creation of 100 more schools in the “tea garden areas”. Also, Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the upgrade of Dibrugarh University into a “state-of-the-art university”. This apart, Rs 20 crore has been allocated for Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University.

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Assam finance minister Ajanta Neog, during her Budget 2024 speech, also said that the state government has so far successfully recruited 94,506 youths. The largest cohort of this, more than 22,000, were recruited for the school education department.

The minister also said that with this the government has fulfilled its promise of creating 1 lakh jobs as the vacancies for 35,910 posts have already been published.

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