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Bihar government launches student card scheme

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Bihar_Government_LogoBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched three different schemes for students’ welfare under the parent scheme ‘Arthik Hal, Yuvaon Ko Bal’ which is aimed at improving the financial condition of youth.

‘Student credit card for providing education loan up to Rs 4 lakh’, ‘Swayam Sahayta Bhatta (unemployment allowance)’, and ‘Kushal Yuva Karyakram’ (skill development) were launched as a part of seven resolves promised by Nitish Kumar on the eve of Bihar polls last year.

Stating that the remaining schemes of ‘seven resolves’ would also be launched by the first week of November this year , Nitish Kumar said, “The work for implementation of all the schemes of seven resolves would be started by the time the government completes its one year in office when we will present report card.”

While launching the schemes last week, Nitish Kumar said: “We have started implementing many of the promises made under ‘seven resolves’…We believe in fulfilling our commitments what we promise.” “The state government has already implemented its one resolve of providing 35 per cent quota for women in government jobs five months ago, adding that two schemes-‘Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal’ (piped drinking water to every household) and ‘Shauchalay Nirman, Ghar Ka Samman’ (toilet to every household)- have already been launched on September 27, 2016.”

“The work for implementation of all the schemes of seven resolves would be started by the time the government completes its one year in office when we will present report card,” said the chief minister, while stating remaining schemes of ‘seven resolves’ would also be launched by the first week of November.

Stating about students’ credit card scheme, he said with the launch of this scheme students would be able to get hassle-free education loan of up to Rs 4 lakh for pursuing higher education after completing intermediate.

He also said the government has not only given guarantee to the Banks for payment of principal amount but has also given its guarantee for making payment of interest part.

He also said while expressing confidence that the move would help in increasing gross enrolment ratio from current 13 per cent to 30 to 35 per cent in few years.

The scheme would not only give opportunity to students who could not pursue higher education because of poverty and inability to pay the fee but would also pep up their morale, Nitish Kumar said. All these schemes have been framed keeping in mind the uplift of the last person of the society, Nitish Kumar said.

The free wi-fi connectivity facility would be provided in all the universities by the end of February next year, he further added.

Under ‘Kushal Yuva Karyakram’ (skill development programme), Kushal Yuva Kendra have been made in 534 blocks of the state for skill development where students will be imparted training for improving communication skill in ‘Hindi and English’ language besides ‘knowledge of computer’ which would help them find better job opportunities.

Under ‘Mukhyamantri Nishchay Swayam Sahayta Bhatta Yojana (unemployment allowance scheme), beneficiary (student) will get Rs 1,000 per month for two years for searching jobs.

Apart from the three schemes, there are two other schemes – start policy and venture capital fund- of ‘Arthik Hal, Yuvaon Ko Bal’ scheme. The new start-up policy has been approved while provision for Rs 500 crore has been earmarked for venture capital fund, Nitish Kumar said.

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