Thursday, March 1, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Web portal launched for payment to SC/ST girl students

Web portal launched for payment to SC/ST girl students

New Delhi, Feb 28 : A web portal for online processing of payment to
girl students who have passed 10th class under a government scheme was
launched here today by Minister of State for Human Resource
Development D Purandeswari.

About 1.05 lakh girl students, who have become eligible to receive
such payments, would benefit immediately from the portal set up by
state-owned Canara Bank, which is the implementing agency for the the
National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education

Under the scheme launched in May 2008 to check the dropout rate among
girl students in secondary schools, particularly of scheduled castes
(SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs), the government makes a fixed deposit
of Rs 3,000 in the bank in the name of eligible girl who can withdraw
it along with interest on reaching 18 years of age and after passing
out the 10th class examination.

All SC/ST girl students who have passed 8th class and all girl
students who have passed 7th class from Kasturba Gandhi Balika
Vidyalayas and enroll in 9th class in government, government-aided and
local body schools are eligible for the 100 per cent Centrally-funded

HRD Ministry today said of the 8,43,026 girl students from 26 states
and union territories covered so far under the scheme at a cost of Rs
252.90 crore since its inception, about 1,05,000 have become eligible
to receive the maturity amount along with interest and are being paid.

Operationalising of the web portal, the Ministry said, will ensure
error-free entry of data and timely release of funds by eliminating
possibility of feeding incorrect data and bank account numbers which
was the major cause for delay in the processing of the proposals.

The online system will also ensure transparency and quicker
disbursement of payments to the beneficiary girls and on time
submission of proposals by state governments. (UNI)

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