Delhi Cabinet approves child welfare schemes worth Rs 185 cr

New Delhi, Mar 3, The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved child welfare schemes
worth Rs 185 crore. The Delhi Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal, took major decisions to release funds for scholarships to SC/ST/OBC
communities, funds under Ladli scheme, aid and equipment for children with special
needs and augment library infrastructure in Delhi Government schools, the Delhi Government said in a statement.
Cabinet approvals of Rs 100 crore for the Ladli Scheme would benefit school going girls.
The Ladli Scheme, implemented by Department of Women and Child Development since 2008
aims at promoting education among girls, reducing their drop-out rate and providing financial
security. Further, for different scholarship schemes for the benefit of SC/ST/OBC students, the Cabinet
has also decided to release Rs 75. 98 crore. These scholarship schemes include pre-matric
scholarship, post-matric scholarships and merit scholarships for SC/ST/OBC/Minority students
from Class I to XII. To ensure education is accessible and inclusive, the Delhi Cabinet has also approved an amount
of Rs 2 crore for the Talent Promotion Scheme for Children with Special Needs and Children
with Disabilities. Under the Talent Promotion Scheme, disbursal will be given to the Inclusive Education Branch
of the Directorate of Education so that Government schools can acquire equipment/aids and
support services for developing talent of Children with Special Needs. To improve and secure valued library books in Delhi Government Schools, the Directorate of Education has also been given an approval by the Delhi Cabinet to procure 4178 Steel Almirahs, at a cost of Rs 7.2 crore. These almirahs will be used in class libraries, which are areas of learning in each primary classroom of Delhi Government schools.