Karnataka govt planning to increase loan amount given to minority students

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BENGALURU: Housing and Minorities Welfare Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan has said that the government is thinking to increase the loan amount given to meritorious minority students from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

Speaking after launching the schemes for the year 2023-24 formulated by the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation (KMDC) on Tuesday, Zameer Ahmed Khan said, “At present, the KMDC was giving a loan of Rs 3 lakh to those students who have taken the MBBS admission under the government quota, and that amount may be increased to Rs 5 lakh. This will help the economically weaker students to pursue higher education”.

Zameer Ahmed Khan also mentioned that minority students studying abroad may also get a hike in the loan amount. “Education loan of Rs 20 lakh is being given to the minority students who study abroad in recognised universities to pursue degree and post-graduation. This may be hiked to Rs 30 lakh with the help of KMDC. In the last three years, the state was not getting the National Minority Development Board schemes, but after holding a meeting, now we are getting the annual grant of Rs 50 crore”, he added.

The minister officially launched Rs 3 lakh subsidy for the unemployed to buy four-wheelers, the Shrama Shakti to impart training in skill development and Rs 50,000 loan scheme for the widow, unmarried and divorced ladies. Minorities Welfare Department Secretary Manoj Jain, Director Jilani Mokashi, and KMDC Managing Director Mohammed Nasir were also present. (ANI)

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