Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched a scheme under which free entrance coaching will be provided for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students preparing for civil services, judicial services, banking, engineering, medicine, and other competitive examinations. The move aims to provide necessary relaxation to the deprived students. Under the “Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana”, the Delhi government will provide free coaching for SC/ST students through known and established coaching institutions. The government also plans to increase the number of students in future.

The assistance will be started for 100 students and extended to 5,000 students.Students whose family income is less than Rs 2 lakh will get 100 percent assistance, while families with income of Rs 2-6 lakh will get 75 percent assistance.The government will also provide students a monthly stipend of Rs 2,500 apart from the free coaching. Launching the scheme, Kejriwal said the government is “translating dreams of Baba Saheb into action by making education accessible and available to the poor, SC/STs, OBCs, minorities and other vulnerable sections of the society”.

He also announced that the government will soon launch a scheme to give loans to poor and needy people for starting their small ventures. Labour Minister Gopal Rai, SC/ST Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and others also participated in the event. The decision has been taken to uplift the education standards in the capital and assure aspiring students of appropriate facilities.