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Ranike urges weaker sections to take full advantage of welfare schemes

Gulzar-Singh-RanikeChandigarh, January 22, 2015 (Yes Punjab News) 

Punjab Welfare Minister Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike today released the brochure of welfare department highlighting various schemes were being run by state for the welfare and betterment of Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities in the state.

 

Releasing the brochure, Mr. Ranike said this would be helpful for scheduled castes, backward classes as well as minority students, beneficiaries of shagun scheme, scholarships for de-notified tribes, Babu Jagjiwan Ram Scholarship scheme, free industrial and vocational training for SC youth, free stenography classes for eligible students, to get the financial aid under Safety of Civil Rights Act and Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989.

 

He said it would also provide detailed information to students desirous of getting coaching for IAS, PCS and other competitive exams at Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Career. He said the eligible candidates from SC/BC communities would also get necessary information to avail various types of loans for setting up their own ventures.

           

Addressing the gathering Mr. Ranike said all District Welfare Officers have been directed to dispense this information at ground level so that maximum eligible people could avail the benefits of welfare initiatives being taken by Punjab Government. He said the department had also launched its website few months back www.welfarepunjab.gov.in for getting instant information about welfare schemes.

          

Answering a query regarding Shgaun Scheme, Mr. Ranike said Punjab had released Rs. 59.26 crore to 39507 beneficiaries till date for the year 2014-15. He said Rs. 550 has been set aside to provide scholarship benefits to 3,05,923 SC Students, who had applied at online portal launched by state, under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme.        

          

Meanwhile secretary welfare Mrs. Seema Jain and Director Mr. Paramjit Singh informed the minister that 15,43,000 SC Students of classes between I and X have got free books at a cost of Rs. 43 crore in the ongoing session 2014-15. They said the department has fixed a target to provide pre-matric scholarships to 529166 eligible minority students to the tune of Rs. 141.38 crore in current academic year. 

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