By TC News Desk
Agartala, August 18, 2022: Secretary of OBC and Minority Welfare department Tapas Roy on Thursday highlighted the achievements, scholarships and loans provided to students and youths to support their education and livelihood.
Speaking to reporters here at Civil Secretariat on Thursday noon, Roy said that the Minority Welfare department is looking after six religious communities comprising of Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Parsian and Sikh. However, in Tripura, there are no Parsi-speaking people. While in OBC welfare department, there are 42 communities.
“In pre-matric scholarship, 1,15,277 OBC students were benefited in last three financial years with a financial expenditure of Rs 1152.77 lakh. In post-matric scholarship, 50,343 students benefited in last three fiscal years with a financial expenditure of Rs 7919.90 lakh. Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Gold Medal Award of Rs 25k including a gold medal has awarded among 39 students with an expenditure of Rs 11.35 lakh in last three FYs. Dr BR Ambedkar Merit Award of Rs 1500 has been awarded among 9484 students securing 60 percent with an expenditure of Rs 142.255 lakh”, he added.
Secretary said “The one-time financial support for economically weaker meritorious OBC students introduced in 2020-21 where 155 students were supported with an expenditure of Rs 155 lakh. In 2021-22, 622 applications has been received while payment to eligible 200 students will be done by September 2022.” Apart from this, a proposal for construction of 70 seated Girls hostel at Halhali and 50 Seated Boys hostel at Kulai has been sent to the Ministry with a financial involvement of Rs 386.88 lakh. Matter is being pursed with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI for sanction of the Scheme. Sanction is yet to be received from Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. Government of India, he also added.
Meanwhile, in case of Minority Welfare department, Secretary said “Pre & Post Matric provided to 39,261 students. Fund utilized for this purpose was Rs 1 Crore 76 Lakhs. Abul Kalam Azad Merit Award, Begam Rokeya Gold Medal Award, Chief Minister Girls Gold Award & Special Incentives to Minority girls students given to 39,261 students. Fund utilized for this purpose was Rs 1 Crore 76Lakhs. Boarding House Stipend provided to 1,666 students. Fund utilized for this purpose was Rs 2 Crores 74 Lakhs. Term loan & Education loan loan provided to 1,259 beneficiaries from the Tripura Minorities Cooperative Development Corporation Limited and total fund utilized for this purpose was Rs 19 Crore 28 Lakhs. A total of 594 students had been sponsored for pursuing higher studies in professional courses and fund utilized was Rs 12 Crores 6 Lakhs. The One-Time Financial support & Additive financial assistance provided to 1,215 meritorious Minority Students for pursuing professional courses and fund utilized for this purpose was Rs 5 Crore 47 Lakhs. In total 845 patients had been benefited under Nucleus Budget Scheme and fund utilized was Rs 49 Lakhs.”Director of OBC Welfare department Kuntal Das and Director of Minority Welfare department Dasarath Debbarma were also present.