Parl panel concerned over ‘meagre’ allowance for ST students under post-matric scholarship scheme

NEW DELHI:The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment has expressed deep concern on the “meagre” maintenance allowance for the beneficiaries of post-matric scholarship scheme for tribal students.

It has asked the Tribal Affairs Ministry to revise it on priority basis.

“The maintenance allowance for degree/post graduate/PhD and other courses ranges from maximum Rs 230 to Rs 550 for day scholars and Rs 380 to Rs 1,200 for hostlers,” the committee said in a report table in Parliament on Thursday.

“As the amount is very meagre, it needs to be revised keeping in view the rising cost of education. The committee is sad that this allowance has not been revised since the year 2010,” it said. (AGENCIES)