The Assam Government will soon give financial incentives to school and college students so that they attend their classes regularly. Announcing this in Sivasagar on Sunday, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said girl students will get Rs 100 for every day they attend school. He added that the government would deposit Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000, respectively, for undergraduate and postgraduate students, in their bank accounts by the end of January so that they can use the money to buy books. The move is seen as an attempt to win over the students community before the coming assembly election.
“We had planned this last year itself but couldn’t implement it because of the spread of Covid-19. We wanted to pay money for attending classes to in both schools and colleges,” Himanta said while speaking at a government function in Sivasagar where motorbikes were given to girls who passed last year’s Class XII state board exam in the first division. The students were on their way to Jaypee Aman, Sector 151, when their car crashed into the pillar opposite a petrol pump at Tugalpur in Knowledge Park area.
15,000 more girls will get scooters in February: Sarma. Altogether, 948 girl students received scooters in Sivasagar. Himanta said the government would continue to give two-wheelers to girl students even if one lakh of them pass the Class XII board examination in the first division. He said the government would spend Rs 144.30 crore to buy motorbikes for 22,245 girls who passed the 2020 Class XII board exam in the first division. He said next month the government would give scooters to 5,000 girls who passed Class XII in the first division in 2018 and 10,000 girls who achieved the feat in 2019. “We want boys and girls to enjoy the same kind of care. Many parents marry off their daughters early, thinking that their sons would take care of them. This mindset needs to change,” Himanta added.