The state government on Monday said that it has introduced online system of payment to all eligible candidates to put an end to misappropriation of welfare funds particularly in respect of scholarships and fees reimbursement.
The scholarships and the fee reimbursement to the eligible college students of SC, ST, BC, Minority and Economically Backward Classes, will be effected through an easy pay card, which is being worked out on the lines of an ATM card. A pin code will be given to the eligible students for operation as and when they need to draw the cash.
This card will serve as a credit card (or pre-paid card of a cell phone), said the Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana told media persons at the Secretariat on Monday.
The cards will be issued in a month, said the Minister, adding that, “this is part of our effort to offer a transparent administration.”
“A website is under construction to facilitate this programme. The process has been started today,” said Mr Satyanarayana. “All the details of the students will be available on the website. Even a student could log in and ascertain his information,” he revealed.
The students are expected to apply and after scrutinising their applications, the fees reimbursement and scholarships will be released online, informed the Minister.
For 2009-10 arrears of Rs 370 crore was released in October while the same for 2010-2011 will be online as scheduled. The students were asked to avail the facility and the last date has been extended from December 10 to 15 to facilitate more students to apply.
So far only three lakh students applied and the Minister appealed for more applications as the last date was extended for this reason.
The NABARD sanctioned Rs 366 crore for constructing 68 permanent buildings for schools. Besides, for updating the information or for coaching the students for preparing them to write IIT and EAMCET exams, the government has arranged special classes. The Minister also informed that the government was taking suitable steps to improve educational standards.
Welfare hostels at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore were under construction. So far 30 hostels out of 90 have been completed. Efforts were on to fill up 6232 vacancies in 2011 while 20803 backlog vacancies were already filled up.
The government has sanctioned for 2010-2011 Rs 440 crore with a subsidy of Rs 72.38 crore for 2.55 lakh scheduled castes beneficiaries.