Nagpur:The tribal students, who were to receive a 60 percent subsidy in their bank accounts under Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme soon after taking admission in their respective hostels, await the same for past four months now. As a result, the students of this community are now demanding, the closure of this very scheme.
Students of Tribal Students Union, for the same, have written to Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Sawra. They are also demanding that the DBT scheme should not only be closed but the earlier functional scheme should be resumed.
As is further being demanded by the students, the number of hostels must be increased and the online mode of admission must be brought back to offline.
“The projects and schemes were started on a trial basis. We were receiving complaints of improper implementation of these schemes. Thus, the same was changed. We will discuss the issue in the cabinet and take necessary action”, said Vishnu Sawra.
Talking on the issues faced by tribal students, Mukesh Narote, Vice President, Tribal Students Union said that there are lakhs of students residing in hostels in the state. “The students are not receiving any benefit of the schemes. Under the scheme, students must be given a sum of seven thousand rupees per year for purchase of requirements like bedsheets and blankets. However, stipend has not been credited in the bank accounts of students even after four months”, said Narote.
A state level protest has been organised under the leadership Union leader Shivkumar Kokde on 25th September protesting the matter.