On December 9, 2017, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal launched a new scheme through which the Government of Delhi will provide free competitive exam coaching to SC and ST students. The government will provide free coaching to those reserved class category students who are preparing for different competitive exams like civil services, banking, judicial services, medicine and engineering.
The exclusive scheme launched for SC/ST students has been named as ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’. The free coaching classes will be conducted for SC/ST students through established and known coaching institutes.
Initially, the Delhi government will provide free coaching to a selected 100 SC/ST students, ultimately later aim to benefit about 5,000 students soon.
Through this scheme, students whose annual income of the family is less than Rs. 2 lakh will get 100% assistance. Similarly, if the annual income of the family is between Rs. 2 to 6 lakh, the government will provide 75 percent assistance. On the other hand, eligible students will get a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,500 besides free coaching for competitive exams.
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Addressing the gathering after launching the scheme, Chief Minister of Delhi pointed that the government is translating the dreams of Baba Saheb into reality by making education available and accessible to SC/STs, OBCs, poor, minorities and other socially and economically backward sections of the society, he highlighted.
Adding further, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal revealed that the government would soon launch a scheme through which loans will be provided to the poor and needy for starting their small ventures.