The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik on October 6, 2018 launched 'Nirman Kusuma' programme to provide financial assistance to the children of the construction workers for their technical education in the state.
According to the CM, the programme 'Nirman Kusuma' will help fulfil the dreams of the construction workers' children. The scheme would provide financial assistance to the children of construction workers for their education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics.
Key Highlights of the Programme
• Under the programme, an ITI student will be entitled to get financial assistance worth Rs 23,600 and a diploma student will get assistance worth Rs 26,300 per annum.
• In total, around 1878 students are expected to be benefited from the programme.
• The state government has already deposited Rs 1.09 crore in the bank account of beneficiaries of the scheme for the academic year 2018-19.
• The government has also decided to increase the financial assistance given to girl students by 20 per cent. The girl students studying in class VI and above till post graduation level are currently being provided financial assistance by the state.
Besides this, the state government has doubled the death benefits for the construction workers. Earlier, in case of death of a construction worker, the family was given Rs one lakh as compensation, now the amount has been increased to Rs two lakh.
The government has also doubled the compensation given in case of an accident of a construction worker from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh.
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