The Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, Maneka Gandhi has demanded for cheap educational loans for girl students at concessional rates, in order to promote their higher education. In a letter written to the HRD minister Smriti Irani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Gandhi asked the loan interest rates to get slashed for girls.
In conjugation of the HRD Ministry and Health Ministry, the Women and Child Development ministry runs the flagship NDA programme ‘Bet Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Under the programme, ending female foeticide and promoting education for girls come as priority. Maneka Gandhi took firm steps in past to make sure that work in being done in this regard and the programme could run swiftly.
Maneka Gandhi, in her note to the HRD minister said, “When it comes to sending children for higher education, parents often distinguish between girls and boys. The girls often get denied the privilege of higher education or specialized courses only because parents do not wish to take a loan for their daughter’s education.” This very practice makes many girls leave their higher education, denying their rights to undergo further studies. The approach among the parents needed to be changed, which could be achieved only through making the education cheaper for the girls.
Gandhi added that while she is looking over other factors affecting the girls to take up higher education, a concession in the rate of interest of educational loans would certainly help the girl students to acquire their higher education from institutes of their choice.