Pre-Matric Scholarships to the Children of those Engaged in occupations involving cleaning and prone to health hazards.
The Government of India is implementing the Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship to children of those engaged in occupations involving cleaning and prone to health hazards since 1977-78. Under the scheme, 100% central assistance is provided to State Governments/UT Administrations from the Government of India for the total expenditure under the Scheme, over and above their respective Committed Liability to implement this Scheme.
The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to children of whose parents/guardians belong to one of the following categories, to pursue Pre-matric education:-
- Persons who are Manual Scavengers as defined under section 2(I) (g) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013;
- Tanners & Flayers;
- Waste pickers and
- Persons engaged in hazardous cleaning as defined in section 2 (I) (d) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013.
2. Conditions of Eligibility:
Scholarship will be admissible to the children/wards of Indian Nationals who, irrespective of their religion belongs to one of the following categories:
a. Persons who are Manual Scavengers as defined under section 2(I) (g) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013;
b. Tanners & Flayers;
c. Persons engaged in hazardous cleaning as defined in section 2(l) (d) of Manual Scavengers Act 2013.
Eligible candidates will submit a certificate from District Social Welfare officer, identified officer of Local body, Civic Agency or any such authority as designated by State Government.
3. Duration and course of studies:
The scholarships may be given to students enrolled in class I or any subsequent class of pre-matric stage in the case of day scholars, and class III or any subsequent class of pre-matric stage in case of hostellers. The scholarship will terminate at the end of class X. The duration of scholarship in an academic year is ten months.
4. The rates under the scheme are as follows:
Class I to X Rs. 225/- p.m. for ten month
Class III to X Rs. 700/- p.m. for ten month
In addition an ad-hoc grant of Rs. 750/- per student per annum to day scholars and Rs. 1000/- per student per annum to hostellers would be admissible. Besides this there are additional provisions of allowances for students amongst target groups with disabilities.