Imphal, June 1,
For the welfare of those who are defending the nation, changes would be made on Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme under National Defence Fund. Prime Minister has agreed on two changes that were made on the scheme.
The amount of scholarship has increased from two thousand to two thousand five hundred rupees for boys and for girls the amount has increased from two thousand two hundred fifty to three thousand rupees.
The scheme will be extended to those from the state police who gave their lives in counter insurgency operation and anti-naxal operations. Five hundred people from the state police forces will benefit under this scheme per year. Home minister will become nodal ministry in this matter.
National Defence Fund (NDF) was started in 1962. Its aim was to encourage those who are defending this country. The fund is now utilised as of now for the army, paramilitary force and railway protection. PM is the chairperson, home ministry and finance ministery of the executive committee which handles the fund. The fund is for the widows of the armies, paramilitary forces, and railway protection forces, both who died/retired. It is also for the technical and post graduate education of the family members of the deceased. The fund is provided to the technical institutes (medical, dental, veterinary, engineering, MBA, MCA and AICTE/UGC-recognised technical courses). Under PMSS, this new scholarship is provided to 5500 armies under defence ministry, 2000 paramilitary personals in forces under home ministry, and 150 personals in the forces under railway ministry per year.
National Defence Fund accepts online voluntary contribution on the website ndf.gov.in
Prime Minister addressed the contribution and dedication of our police personal even during festive seasons. As a nation, it is our duty to respect them and their family members. Therefore, Prime Minister has taken this decision to help the youths of their family members to pursue careers in different fields with the help of this scholarship. Prime Minister, Modi had inaugurated a National Police Memorial in his first term. It symbolises the strength and dedication of the police personals.