In the first decision of its second tenure, the Narendra Modi government enhanced the amount to be paid as part of ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund (NDF). The decision has garnered wide-scale support from the kin of those soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty and was also welcomed by the Indian Police Service (IPS) Association.
“Our government’s first decision dedicated to those who protect India! Major changes approved in PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund including enhanced scholarships for wards of police personnel martyred in terror or Maoist attacks,” Modi had said in a tweet later.
Major changes approved in Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme
1. The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs 2000 per month to Rs 2500 per month for boys and from Rs 2250 per month to Rs 3000 per month for girls.
2. The ambit of the Scholarship Scheme has been extended to the wards of State Police officials who are or were martyred during terror or Naxal attacks.
3. The quota of new scholarships for the wards of state police officials will be Rs 500 in a year.
Indian Police Service (IPS) Association welcomes PM Narendra Modi’s decision
The IPS Association on Saturday welcomed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to enhance the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme.
“We at IPS Association express our heartfelt gratitude to PM Sri @narendramodi for his Cabinet’s decision to include wards of police martyrs in the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme as well as raising the amount disbursed under it,” it said in a tweet.
Kin of slain soldiers hail changes in PM’s Scholarship Scheme
Speaking to ANI about the Cabinet decision, wife of Kadti Mukesh, who has killed during an encounter with Naxalites on February 18 last year, said, “I learned about this scholarship scheme. My daughter will get help in education with this scheme and I am happy about it.”
Kadti has a three-year-old daughter who will soon start school.
Family members of another soldier, Kawasi Hunga, who lost his life in a bomb blast in the year 2014 also expressed delight over the announcement. The deceased soldier has three daughters aged five, eight and ten years.
The eldest daughter, a class 5 student said: “Scholarship will get us money to fund our dresses and books. It will be good for our education.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratules PM Narendra Modi for enhancing scholarship scheme
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving major changes in the PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund.
“I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for approving major changes in the PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund. It reflects Modi government’s sensitivity and commitment towards ensuring the well-being of those who protect our nation against all odds,” tweeted Amit Shah.
About the National Defence Fund (NDF)
The NDF was set up in 1962 to take charge of the voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation.
Currently, the fund is being used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces, Para Military forces and Railway Protection Force, and their dependents.
The fund is administered by an Executive Committee with the Prime Minister as the Chairperson and the Defence, Finance and Home Ministers as Members.