For children of tendu patta workers in the worst hit Naxal affected regions, the Chattisgarh government has announced the inclusion of nursing course in its scholarship programme. In an official statement released by the State Minor Forest Produce (Trading & Development) Co-operative Federation it was made clear that the forest department has decided to extend their scholarship programme to help children of tendu patta(leaves) collectors in Bastar region, so that they could take up four-year B.Sc nursing course and stabilize their lives.
The department had previously launched courses in Medicine, Management (MBA), Law, Engineering and other for children of the region in the last year. Under the recently launched programme those students who would make it through to the selection of the scholarships would be given a cash scholarship of upto Rs. 25,000. From each of the Primary Minor Forest Produce Co-operative Society area, one student would get selected. The very first year would see students getting a scholarship worth Rs. 10,000. In subsequent years until the students complete their course, they would receive Rs. 5000 per year.
In order to make confusions clear if any of the cooperative society receives more than one application in the scholarship process, then the student who have scored highest marks between the two in class 12th examination would be conferred the scholarship. This would help the students to pursue course of their choice without thinking further about financial hardships. The application for the scholarship would be received by the Office of the Primary Minor Forest Produce Co-operative society.