PANAJI: Tribal welfare minister Ramesh Tawadkar announced three more schemes for tribal people. Tawadkar announced the “Gagan Bharari Shiksha Yojana” to provide additional financial assistance to scheduled tribe students as the maintenance allowance given under the post-matric scholarship is inadequate to meet expenses on food and travel.
Beneficiaries will get additional maintenance allowance of 750 per month for day scholars and 1,500 per month for those staying in hostels. Besides, additional disability allowance of 750 per month during the academic year is also given.
The second scheme is for construction of multi-purpose community halls (Sanskriti Bhavan) in areas inhabited by the tribal community. The cost of the project including cost of land shall not exceed 50 lakh.
The third scheme “to support orphans of widow belonging to ST community” aims at meeting the expenditure on food, clothing, shelter till the children attain 18 years of age. Tawadkar said a fixed maintenance allowance of 1,500 per month per child of a widow will be given for up to two children.