All students from the minority community will now get a scholarship, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said, presiding over a review meeting of the Minority Welfare Department in Dehradun.
    
Over 1.60 lakh students will benefit from this measure, Bahuguna said, adding Rs 12 crore will be provided to meet the additional expenses.
    
Earlier, it was mandatory for a minority community student to secure 50 percent marks to get a scholarship.
    
The qualifying marks for a scholarship of Rs 15,000 have been reduced from 75 percent to 60 percent.
    
As per another decision taken at the meeting, the annual budget for self-employment of youths belonging to the minority communities has been doubled from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 3 crore.
    
The state government also decided to provide Rs 4 crore for the modernization of madrassas.
    
Describing the welfare of minorities as the first and foremost commitment of his government, Bahuguna said that several programmes meant for them will soon be implemented in the state.

(Agencies)

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