Come October, children of construction labourers enrolled in government schools in the Capital would be entitled to a scholarship every month.
If implemented in true letter and spirit, the scholarship scheme—announced by the Delhi Building and Other Construction Worker’s Welfare Board and to be implemented by the education department —could stand to benefit as many as one lakh students.
The Board, which monitors and spends funds meant for Delhi’s 8 lakh construction workers, has decided to offer a scholarship of Rs 100 per month to all students up to Class VIII, Rs 200 per month for Classes IX and X and Rs 500 per month for students of Classes of XI and XII.
“With Commonwealth Games fast approaching construction work in Delhi is at its peak. The growing population of such workers in the Capital will benefit immensely from this scheme,” said Arvinder Singh Lovely, state education minister.
The scholarship scheme, which is not merit based, isn’t entirely a new idea. The Labour ministry had, in the past, made a similar effort to award scholarships to children of construction labourers, but ended up giving scholarships of Rs 100 each to just 50 students.
It now hopes to better its record.
Currently, only those registered with the Board (about 18,000) can have their children benefit from this scheme.
“The government hopes with this scheme more labourers will register and be encouraged to admit their children in schools,” said Chandra Bhushan Kumar, director, education.
The education department, which has received over Rs 13 crore for disbursement of scholarships from the labour ministry, will generate awareness about the scheme by providing publicity material in government schools and conducting workshops for students and teachers.
“After that, all students entitled for the scholarship will be made to fill up a form in the school,” said Kumar.
The government hopes to complete the form process by September 15 and start awarding scholarships by October.