AC approves enhanced scholarships for the children of weavers and artisans

The Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, revised the education scheme for children of weavers/artisans of the Handicrafts and Handloom departments.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, attended the meeting.

The revised education scheme for the children of Handicraft/Handloom weavers aims to provide a scholarship in tune with the present education scenario to provide much needed financial support to the weavers about their children’s education.

Under the revised scheme, scholarships will be provided to eligible children at Rs. 1500 per year (on completion of 1st primary), Rs. Two thousand per year (on completion of 2nd primary), and the actual fee fixed by the Government (for class 11th onwards including technical/professional education).

Earlier, the benefits were available only to the girl child, but the revised scheme has extended the scope of financial assistance to male children.

The eligible students can apply for a scholarship to the concerned Assistant Director, who shall conduct proper verification before disbursing the scholarship amount as per the laid down norms. Then, the scholarship will be disbursed among the eligible students directly in their bank accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

Originally, the scholarship by the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms was provided to the girl child of handloom weavers up to the primary level at the rates of Rs.100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 per annum for classes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI respectively.

Moreover, the Administrative Council also asked the Department to consider extending such financial benefits to the children belonging to similarly situated sections of society.