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Modi govt 2.0 | Higher scholarship for martyrs’ kin on Day 1

May 31, 2019 19:40 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of his new cabinet, a day after the swearing-in ceremony. He approved the enhancement of a scholarship scheme for martyrs’ wards as his first decision on Day 1 of his new government. Now, as part of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme, under the National Defence Fund, rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs 2000 per month to Rs 2500 per month for boys and from Rs 2250 per month to Rs 3000 per month for girls. The ambit of the scheme has also been widened to include wards of state police officials martyred during terror or naxal attacks. Quota of new scholarships for wards of state police officials will be 500 in a year. PM Modi also paid a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.