Cabinet approves 70 lakh scholarships for minorities

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New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the provision of 70 lakh scholarships to students from the minority communities under its pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means based schemes till the year 2020.

Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad told a media conference that under the three schemes, the government provided 60 lakh scholarships to students of this category during 2017-18.

“To meet the next target of 70 lakh scholarships, the total expenditure is going to be Rs 5,338.32 crore,” he said.

The Minister also said that technology is being used in transferring scholarships directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries to avoid duplication and other problems.

–IANS

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