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    First decision of new Cabinet: PM Modi approves changes to ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’

    The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs2,000 per month to Rs2,500 per month for boys and from Rs2,250 per month to Rs3,000 per month for girls.

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Cabinet meeting after being sworn in for a second term, on May 31 approved a major change in the ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund.

    The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs2,000 per month to Rs2,500 per month for boys, and from Rs2,250 per month to Rs3,000 per month for girls.

    The ambit of the scholarship scheme has been extended to the wards of State Police personnel martyred in terror or Naxal attacks. The quota of new scholarships for the wards of state police personnel will be 500 in a year.

    “Our government’s first decision dedicated to those who protect India! Major changes approved in PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund including enhanced scholarships for wards of police personnel martyred in terror or Maoist attacks,” Modi said in a tweet later.

    The National Defence Fund (NDF) was set up in 1962 to take charge of the voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation.

    Currently, the fund is being used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces, Para Military forces and Railway Protection Force, and their dependents. The fund is administered by an Executive Committee with the Prime Minister as the Chairperson and the Defence, Finance and Home Ministers as Members.

    Under National Defence Fund, ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme (PMSS)’ is being implemented to encourage technical and post-graduate education for the widows and wards of the deceased/ex-service personnel of Armed Forces and Para Military Forces and Railway Protection Force.

    Scholarships are available for education at technical institutions (medical, dental, veterinary, engineering, MBA, MCA and other equivalent technical professions with suitable AICTE/UGC approval).

    Under the PMSS, every year new scholarships are given for 5,500 wards of armed forces controlled by Ministry of Defence, for 2,000 wards of paramilitary forces controlled by Ministry of Home Affairs and for 150 wards of forces controlled by Ministry of Railways.

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