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Buddhadeb assures financial help to meritorious poor students

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Kolkata, July 6 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said no meritorious poor student in the state would have to give up his education due to paucity of funds and assured them of financial help to carry on their studies.

Replying to a query of Trinamool Congress legislator Ashok Kumar Deb during the Question hour in the state assembly, the Chief Minister said that in accordance with the government's policy to help the poor and econmomically backward students, Rs 10 crore had been allocated in the current budget.

He said between January 2005 and January this year, altogether 801 economically backward but meritorious students were given financial assistance between Rs 500 and Rs 1000 each, and added that these students were selected from 1,025 applicants.

Further elaborating, Mr Bhattacharjee said that last year, Rs 34.62 lakh were spent to provide financial assistance to 579 students, while during the first six months of this year, Rs 15.84,855 were given to 369 meritorious students.

Regarding the selection procedures of these students, the Chief Minister said usually these names came to his department through media and through personal connections.

He urged the members of the House to bring to his notice any cases of poor but meritorious students to get the financial assistance from his secretariat, but these numbers should be increased by manifold, he iterated.

Replying to a supplementary question, the Chief Minister said though there was no hard and fast rule for each of the higher secondary students, the amount of grant was Rs 1000 per month while that for the secondary student, it was Rs 500.

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