Chennai: In a step to check school dropouts,
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Monday increased monthly
allowances to students of AdiDravidar, Backward and Most
Backward Class communities,benefiting about two lakh youths.
This would cost the government a total additional
expenditure of over Rs 40 crore every year, a government
Monthly allowances of school going students studying in
government owned hostels have been increased to Rs 650
per month from the existing Rs 450.Similarly, college going
students would get Rs 750 compared to the present Rs 550.
Giving the break up, the release said 1,20,015 students of
Adidravidar communities and 74,302 students of backward and
most backward communities stand to benefit from this exercise,
costing the exchequer an additional expenditure of Rs 25.19
crore and Rs 15.32 crore per year respectively.
The monthly allowances for students staying at government
approved private hostels would also be included in this
scheme, it said, adding, 1,948 students staying in 39 private
hostels across Tamil Nadu would be benefitted.
This scheme would cost an additional expenditure Rs 38.96
lakh to the government, the statement added.