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Slew of measures for SC/ STs in Rajasthan

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Raje resolves to bring them into the mainstream


SC/ST children to get benefit of amended Anuprati Yojana

27 schemes announced for integrated development of Bikaner


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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje waving to the crowd after a function in Bikaner on Monday.

JAIPUR: Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday announced several measures for empowerment of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in Rajasthan, while affirming the State Government’s resolve to bring them into the mainstream of development and provide quality education to their children.

Addressing a public meeting in Bikaner marking the birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, Ms. Raje said the SC/ST children would get the benefit of amended Anuprati Yojana, while the facilities in their hostels would be improved and the provision for “Ambedkar model villages” would be doubled from Rs.1 crore to Rs.2 crore.

Ms. Raje said the Anuprati Yojana would benefit the SC/ST youngsters appearing at the entrance examinations of IITs, IIMs and medical colleges as well as the competitive exams for administrative services. “Students with 60 per cent marks in the senior secondary examination getting selected in medical and engineering colleges will be given a lump sum of Rs.10,000,” she announced.

The Chief Minister said the hostels for SC/ST children run by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry would be equipped with all modern facilities, while the State Government would bear the tuition fee .

Ms. Raje announced that the provision of Rs.1 crore for development of 2,463 villages across the State identified as Ambedkar model villages would be doubled to Rs.2 crore. Besides, a permanent special unit will be established under the State Livelihood Mission for giving training to unemployed SC/ST youths and getting bank loans for their self-employment.

Ms. Raje also announced 27 schemes for integrated development of Bikaner city.

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