The quantum of central assistance for children of those engaged in unclean occupation has been enhanced from from 50pc to 100pc to all State Governments/UTs under the scheme of 'Pre-matric scholarship.' D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment gave this information in the Rajya Sabha. Under the scheme of 'Pre-matric scholarship for OBC students, 'The proposals from State Governments/UTs are received and funds are released as per their notional allocation after examining the utilization certificate and provision in the State budget,' said a release from the Ministery.
Under the 'Post-matric scholarship scheme” for SC students the annual income-limit of INR 1 lakh was fixed w.e.f. 1.4.2003.' A need was felt to increase the income ceiling and scholarship rates as well as revise other norms applicable under this scheme. Accordingly, the revision of this scheme is under consideration.