Punjab to launch post-matric scholarship scheme for students
Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved launching of a post-matric scholarship scheme under which Rs 30,000 per annum would be provided to meritorious students, among a slew of decisions taken by it.
A decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here, an official spokesperson said.
He said that Dr Hargobind Khurana post-matric scholarship scheme to be launched on August 15 would be applicable to all those government and adarsh schools run by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
The students who have secured 80 per cent or more marks would be entitled for this scholarship up to senior secondary level and their appreciation letters would be sent soon.
Among other decisions taken by the cabinet, it gave green signals to include Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) district from Jalandhar to newly created Rupnagar division.
The Cabinet also approved to honour three students belonging to Punjab with a cash award of Rs 3 lakh each, who had recently successfully scaled Mount Everest.
It also gave its nod to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary with financial commissioner revenue, principal secretary finance, principal secretary transport, financial commissioner excise and taxation and taxation commissioner Punjab as members to recommend rationalisation of rates of VAT on petroleum products and automobiles.
In a bid to promote tourism in the state and benefit the general public, the cabinet also approved to relax the conditions for setting up of new hospitals, hotels and multimedia centres.