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    Scheduled Caste students can go abroad for higher studies and also takes advantage of the government scheme. With government efforts no Scheduled Caste student will be deprived of study abroad due to lack of money for higher studies abroad.

    Priyanki Natvarbhai Makwana of Vadodara and Mitesh Kumar Parmar of Naria in Dabhoi taluka have made the dream of higher studies abroad a reality.

    Under the Dr. Ambedkar Foreign Study Scheme, a loan of Rs. 15 lakh is provided by the State Government at a nominal interest rate of 4% to the students of Scheduled Castes for higher studies abroad. Under the Dr. Ambedkar Foreign Study Loan Scheme, a loan of Rs. 405 lakh has been given by the state government to a total of 27 students in the year 2019- 2020.

    Priyanki Makwana from Vadodara studied international business management in New Zealand taking the loan of Rs 5 lakh under the state government’s scheme. After completing her studies, Priyanka settled in Auckland, New Zealand and now runs a food parlor. Her husband is also a pharmacist.

    Priyanki’s father Natvarbhai Makwana said in an interview that,  Dr. Ambedkar Foreign Study Loan Scheme is a life-changing scheme for making it possible for students to study abroad.

    All Scheduled Caste students wishing to study abroad should take full advantage of the scheme. Ten members of his family have settled in New Zealand, Canada and her daughter Priyanki has also repaid a loan of Rs five lakh in full, he added.

    Mitesh Kumar Parmar of Naria in Dabhoi taluka also got a loan of Rs. 15 lakh through the office of District Backward Classes Welfare Officer and pursuing an MBA in higher studies. ” Under the government’s scheme, I have been able to send my son abroad for higher studies. It is natural that a person from a normal family like ours cannot afford to spend such a large amount of money to send their children to study abroad, but a government scheme has made this possible. The State Government is doing commendable work for the educational development of other castes,” said Rameshbhai Parmar, Mitesh Kumar’s father.

    As far as Vadodara district is concerned, under various welfare schemes of Scheduled Castes in the district, assistance of Rs. 2398.51 lakh has been paid to 21686 beneficiaries.

     For the welfare of Scheduled Castes, various welfare schemes of social, economic and educational development have been implemented by the State Government.  The State Government is committed to the holistic development of the Scheduled Castes through the implementation of economic and educational upliftment assistance schemes.

    The purpose is to provide financial assistance in the form of loans and assistance to the Scheduled Castes of the State living below the poverty line and to bring them out of the poverty line within a stipulated time frame.

    The State Government has implemented various schemes for the full development of the Scheduled Castes and for them to lead a dignified life in the society.

    These include direct credit scheme by National Scheduled Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), direct credit scheme by state government, bankable scheme, training scheme and educational scholarship.

    It is to be mentioned that in Vadodara district, during the year 2019 – 2020 Rs. 225.95 lakh has been paid to 15,101 beneficiaries under pre-matric scholarship and Rs. 1454.66 lakh has been paid to 5176 beneficiaries under post-matric scholarship. Under the Ambedkar Awas Yojana, 261 beneficiaries have been benefited with the assistance of Rs. 107.74 lakhs.

    59 beneficiaries who done inter-caste marriage got assistance of Rs. 53.50 lakh and 150 beneficiaries got assistance of Rs. 15 lakh under Kunwarbai’s Mameru scheme.  Under the funeral assistance, Rs. 8.85 lakh has been paid to 177 beneficiaries and Rs. 405 lakh has been paid to 27 beneficiaries for educational and foreign studies.

    Under Saraswati Sadhana Yojana, 602 students have been given bicycles to go to school. In the atrocity case, assistance of Rs. 127.81 lakh has been paid to 127 beneficiaries.

     Due to the effective implementation of various welfare schemes for the Scheduled Castes of the State Government, all round development of Scheduled Castes is taking place in Vadodara district.

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