PUDUCHERRY: The Union government has discontinued the National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE), Union education, skill development and entrepreneurship minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said.
Launched in May 2008, the NSIGSE aimed to promote enrolment and reduce dropout of girls belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities in secondary schools and ensure their retention up to 18 years of age.
While replying to a letter sent by Villupuram MP D Ravikumar requesting him to continue the scheme, Pradhan said Expenditure Finance Committee in 2017 recommended to discontinue the scheme with effect from 2018-19.
"...the NSIGSE scheme was discontinued w.e.f the year 2018-19 on the recommendation of Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) in the year 2017 to redesign the scheme so that it can be implemented in a more effective manner. Subsequent budget allocation was used for clearing the backlog only and hence the budget was reduced. The scheme is in the process of being restructured," Pradhan said in a letter to Ravikumar.
The scheme covered all girls belonging to SC/ST communities, who pass Class VIII and all girls, who pass Class VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (irrespective of whether they belong to SC/ST), and enrol in Class IX in the state/ UT government, government-aided and local body schools.
A sum of Rs 3,000 was deposited in the name of eligible unmarried girls as a fixed deposit on enrolment in Class IX, who are entitled to withdraw it along with interest up on reaching 18 years of age and passing the Class X examination.