GO.36 Guidelines for Pre-Matric ST Scholarships (New Scheme) from 2013-14-Classes V to VIII

GO.No.36 Dated 25th Feb 2014-Tribal Welfare Department – Pre-Matric Scholaships (New Scheme)-Guidelines for sanction of Pre-Matric Scholarships to ST Students studying from classes V-VIII from the year 2013-2014 under TSP. Government of Andhra Pradesh have decided to sanction of Pre-matric Scholarship to curb the high dropout rate of 53.64% as per census 2011 of Department of School Education among S.T, students and encourage education at the secondary level there is need to give incentive in the form of scholarship in Andhra Pradesh by providing a modest incentive to school going ST children from classes V to VIII.
The scheme was reviewed and approved by the Nodal Agency in its meeting held by 2-12-2013 vide reference 2nd read above for inclusion under Tribes Sub- Plan 2013-14 and the State Council for development of SCs &STs has also ratified the recommendation of Nodal Agency for Tribal Sub Plan in the reference 3rd read above.
The following guidelines are issued for operation of the scheme .These guidelines will come into effect from the academic year 2013-14.


Objective of the Pre Matric ST Scholarships: 
To curb the high dropout rate of 53.64% as per census 2011 of Department of School Education among S.T. students and encourage education at the secondary level there is need to give incentive in the form of scholarship in Andhra Pradesh by providing a modest incentive to school going ST children from classes V to VIII.
Pre-metric Scholarship shall be granted to all eligible ST students in classes V to VIII subject to the following conditions

Eligibility:
For being eligible under this scheme, the student should:
i) Belongs to Scheduled Tribe and her/his Parent/Guardian’s Annual Income should not exceed Rs. 2.00 Lakhs.
ii) He/She should be a regular, full time student studying in a Government School or in a School run by Local Bodies such as Mandal Praja Parishad, Zilla Praja Parishad, Municipalities / Municipal Corporations or any school Aided by the Government.
iii) Scholarship for studying in any class will be available for only one year. If a student has to repeat a class, she/he would not get scholarship for that class for a second (or subsequent) year.

Scholarship Value:
1) Rs.100/- Per Month for Boy (Day Scholars) for 10 months.
2) Rs.150/- Per Month for Girls (Day Scholars) for 10 months.
Procedure: The same procedure being adopted for “Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for IX to X classes may be adopted for this scheme also.

4. The Commissioner, Tribal Welfare shall ensure that adequate steps are initiated to:
i) Map all authorized schools / Hostels to Hostel Welfare Officers.
ii) Impart training to Headmasters/Hostel Welfare Officers and Assistant Tribal Welfare Officers on the online system.
iii) Ensure that all the Hostel Welfare Officers undertake Physical verification by the process of Online Authentication with UIDA
iv) Ensure that all District Officers proactively co-ordinate with the concerned Departments for verification and sanction of pre-Matric Scholarships.
v) Ensure that the online system is put in place by the centre for Good Governance and has a full-fledged help line for assistance to users.

5. The Administration of the scheme shall be fully online and managed and operated by the Centre for Good Governance.
6. All payments under this scheme as far as possible shall be through the Aadhar authentication frame work.
7. A student can withdraw the amount through the Micro ATM by online fingerprint authentication with the UIDA. They can also the amount through their ATM Cards where available.
The expenditure on this scheme shall be debited to the following Head of Account:
2225-Welfare of SCs, STs, OBCs
02- Welfare of Scheduled Tribes
MH277-Education
GH(11)-Normal State Plan
SH(11) -Pre-Matric Scholarships for Day Scholars (to be opened)
340- Scholarships and Stipends
Since the scheme has been approved by the State Council for development of SCs&STs vide reference 3rd read above and as per the GO Ms No 10 Planning (XXII) Department dated. 23-02-2013, this order does not require the concurrence of the Finance Department.

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