ITANAGAR, 16 Apr: Clarifying the stand of the state government over the stipend issue, the education minister Taba Tedir on Friday stated that government of Arunachal Pradesh is committed to provide stipends to the student community of the state. Addressing a press meet here on Friday, Tedir said the government is aware of the problems affecting the students due to non-payment of stipends.
“We aware that students in order to pursue higher, technical and specialized courses need to pay fee timely and need support for other commitments. Government is concerned for payment of stipends to students,” he said.
He also briefed about the status of stipend for college/university students, Post Matric Scholarship under Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI and stipend to schools including DIET Students.
“For college/university students the scheme was on boarded in the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) from 2017-18. During the academic session 2020-21, a total of 16374 Nos. of eligible applications have been received against the scheme, for which an amount of Rs. 26.85 crores (Rs. 16400.00 x 16374 nos. of students) is required for payment of stipend for the session 2020-21,” shared minister.
In this regard, the case for sanction of funds from the State Govt. is under active consideration. The Education Department will make payment of stipend to the students by Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through PFMS platform on getting sanction order from the State Govt. Accordingly, stipend will be released for disbursal through PFMS preferably within next month, said minister Tedir.
For the Post Matric Scholarship under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, The Directorate of higher education has received 31916 Nos. of applications against the scheme through National Scholarship Portal (NSP). A total of Rs. 90.20 crores (Central share 90% = 81.18 cr and State Share 10% 9.02 cr) is required for the payment of Scholarship for the session 2020-21.
“The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India has allocated 1st instalment amounting to only Rs. 18.45 Crores only during FY 2020-21. An amount of Rs. 63 crores of Central Share are yet to be released from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India. On getting remaining funds, the same will be released by the State Govt. through DBT,” informed Tedir.
Regarding stipend to schools including DIET Students, the minister shared that Directorate of School (Elementary and Secondary) Education has released an amount of Rs 8.9 crores being the stipend for 2 months i.e. Feb and March 2021 as their Hostels were opened w.e.f 1st Feb 2021. “Rest of the amount will be released by State Govt. in a phased manner as per the guidelines for stipend,” he added.
The education minister further made it clear that under his guidance the education department will give special focus on welfare of students and honing of their skills and providing opportunities to pursue higher education for availing better knowledge.
The commissioner education Niharika Rai and director secondary education M Kadu were also present in the press briefing.