Union minister for minority affairs Najma Heptulla called on chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his residence on Monday afternoon and discussed various welfare programmes launched by her ministry.
An official spokesperson said Mufti urged the minister to create awareness among more and more people so that they could avail the benefits of the schemes.
Mufti also laid emphasis on educating masses about merit-based scholarship and coaching schemes for pre-matric students who belong to families whose annual income slab is less than Rs 1 lakh.
The spokesperson said Heptulla told Mufti that the Centre was encouraging self-attestation of income certificates so that the students are able to obtain scholarships in a hassle-free manner.
She said around 86 lakh students all over the country have so far benefited by the pre-matric scholarship scheme launched by the minority affairs ministry.
She said nearly 2/3rd of the total budget of the ministry is disbursed in the form of scholarships and added that special emphasis will be laid on J&K so that the state gets its due share.
The chief minister also raised the issue of imparting quality education to girls, keeping in mind the abysmally-low female literacy rate.