Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the Assam government will give scooters and other financial incentives to female students for attending classes regularly.
The state government under the Pragyan Bharti Scheme has already been distributing 22,000 scooters (two-wheelers) to female students who passed their Class 12th examinations in the first division from the state board.
The state government said that it will provide the scooters to all girl students passing the examinations in the first division even if the numbers happen to cross one lakh.
The state government will also provide scooters to girls who got the first division in the years 2018 and 2019.
Other than the scooters, financial incentives will also be given to girls from the school level to post-graduate level. The scheme is scheduled to be launched by the end of this month.
Education minister Himanta further went on to say that girls in school will be given Rs. 100 each day for attending school, while undergraduate and post-graduate students will be given Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 2,000 respectively.
The minister said that this scheme was supposed to be launched last year but was delayed because of COVID-19.
The Assam state government will incur an expense of Rs. 144.30 crore (approximately) for this purpose.
Meanwhile, attendance in schools which reopened on the 1st of January after nearly 10 months was much higher on Monday than the first two days.