Biren distributes scholarships

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Imphal: Chief minister N.Biren Singh distributed scholarship of Pre-Matric and Post-Matric for OBCs, SCs and Economically Backward Classes students at his secretariat on Thursday.

The state government’s priority is to strengthen human resource in the state, Biren said.

According to School Education Quality Index released by NITI Aayog, Manipur has topped among smaller states in the country. Many initiatives and schemes have been launched to support our young and talented people of the state. The state government has launched Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Aspirants of the state after considering the hardships faced by the students belonging to economic backward families and others, he added.

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Since 2018-19 the government of India has been implementing the Pre-Matric and Post-Matric scholarship schemes for OBCs, SCs and Economically Backward Classes students through ‘Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS). Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has introduced Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system to curb corruption while disbursing funds to beneficiaries, he said.

The scholarship amounts have been transferred through DBT and there is no chance of middlemen corruption, he added.

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A total of Rs 23,01,05,164 has been disbursed to the respective bank accounts of 34,995 students for the year 2019-20 (2nd phase) and 2020-21 today. Out of which, a total of Rs 1,91,62,624 has been transferred to 2,335 students under OBC Post-Matric 2019-20 (2nd phase), Rs 14,14,68,710 has been transferred to 22,580 students under OBC Post-Matric 2020-21, Rs 82,32,500 has been transferred to 3,499 students under OBC Pre-Matric 2020-21, Rs 17,57,250 has been transferred to 485 students under SC Pre-Matric 2020-21, Rs 5,94,84,080 has been transferred to 6,096 students under SC Post-Matric 2020-21, the chief minister said.

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He handed over the scholarships to selected students during the function. The students expressed their happiness to the chief minister for disbursing the scholarships and supporting the students economically and morally.

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