The Punjab cabinet here on Tuesday approved the Dr Hargobind Khurana Scholarship scheme, to be launched on August 15, for meritorious students of government and Adarsh schools who secure 80% or more marks in matriculation exams.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the council of ministers, chaired by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, at Punjab Bhawan.
A spokesperson for the chief minister's office said the scheme would be applicable to all government and Adarsh schools run by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
This scholarship amounting to Rs. 30,000 per annum would be disbursed to students through e-transfer in their bank accounts. Each student would receive a scholarship of Rs. 2,500 every month.
The CM would send appreciation letters to eligible students for the scholarship, which would serve as documentary evidence for opening bank accounts. There would be no income cap under this scheme. All students who secure 80% or more marks would be entitled to this scholarship up to senior secondary level.
This scholarship would put an additional burden of Rs. 15 crore on the state exchequer during this fiscal. The state government had announced this scheme in the 2013-14 budget. The scheme is named after eminent scientist Dr Hargobind Khurana, who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for medicine.
Other key decisions
* Nod to issuing notification for amending The Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, to prevent cow slaughter. The cabinet has accredited the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, to test meat
* Green signal to include Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) district from Jalandhar division to newly-created Rupnagar division (SBS Nagar already part of Rupnagar police range)
* Nod to filling 461 posts of inspectors in the food and civil supplies department after having taken them out of the purview of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB).
* Ex-post facto approval to recruiting 120 clerks under direct recruitment quota in the public works department (buildings and roads) through PSSSB.
* Approval to proposals of the transport department for restructuring tax pattern; transport minister authorised to take decision in this regard.
* Nod to cash award of Rs. 3 lakh each for three students from Punjab who scaled Mount Everest Prithvi Singh Chahal, Fateh Singh Brar and Haqikat Singh Grewal.
* Go-ahead to the home department to induct 300 serving/retired paramilitary personnel of various ranks into the special protection unit of the Punjab Police.
* Anandpur Sahib Foundation allowed to utilise Rs. 20 crore out of its corpus fund to carry out development works relating to the phases 1 and 2 of Virasat-e-Khalsa.
* Ordinance approved to bring unauthorised colonies and buildings in the fold of planning framework.
* Nod to relax conditions for setting up new hospitals, hotels and multimedia centres; now, minimum area required for setting these up would be 1,000 square metres.
* Approval to include newly-built reservoirs at Siswan and Mirzapur dam in SAS Nagar in notified waters of Punjab Fisheries Rules, 1985 to allow fishing rights.