The Assam government, in its budget for 2024-25 presented on Monday, proposed to support ten lakh girl students with financial subsidy as an admission incentive to help them pursue higher secondary education, graduation and postgraduate studies.
In her budget speech, Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog said this initiative was aimed at reinforcing her government’s mission to eliminate child marriages. This was her fourth budget under the leadership of Himanta Biswa Sarma, which was formed in 2021.
“Apart from punitive and regulatory measures, we need to empower girls to decide when to get married,” the Finance Minister said.
“If ten lakh girls are encouraged to study up to graduation and after graduation, this would also increase the percentage of girls educated beyond matric,” he said.
Female students will be eligible for the benefit under the Mukhya Mantri Nijut Moina (MMNM) scheme only if they study in any government college or educational institution. Secondly, young married women are not entitled to this benefit.
An admission incentive of Rs 10,000 will be paid to each student joining Class XI, the minister said.
Similarly, Rs 12,500 will be paid to girls who enroll in the first year of graduation.
A female student joining the first year of the postgraduate course will receive an admission incentive of Rs. 15,000.
“This is in addition to existing benefits like free entry, provision of scooters etc., as applicable,” the Finance Minister said in her budget speech.
He proposed to set aside Rs 240 crore for this scheme in this budget 2024-25.
The Assam government under Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday presented a budget of Rs 2.9 lakh crore for the next financial year 2024-2025.
Furthermore, the state government did not impose any additional tax burden on the people of Assam.
Reiterating the Prime Minister’s goal of making Assam one of the top five states in the country, he said his government will continue our development journey to ensure that all citizens of Assam have access to the government’s development plans.
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First published: February 12, 2024 | 22:36 IS