With the deadline for submitting applications for the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme ending on Thursday,the rush of applicants at the offices of the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) has increased in the last few days.
Today,the staff at DIOS offices across the state were sweating it out till late evening.
Under the scheme,the state government will provide Rs 30,000 to girls who have passed Class XII this year and whose familys income does not exceed Rs 35,000.
The government had issued the guidelines and proforma of the application on August 22,but the submission of applications started late because the applicants had to obtain income certificates from tehsil offices and then get the form verified from the school from where they had passed Class XII. Officials said that initially,they used to get three or four applicants daily. The rush increased during the last one week. As around 500 applications were being received everyday in all districts,the staff was busy just checking the applications putting aside their other routine work.
On Tuesday,the numbers suddenly increased when as many as 1,500 applications were received in Lucknow. On Wednesday,the number fell to around 1,000 applications.
However,Lucknow DIOS Umesh Tripathi said they were expecting the maximum rush on Thursday,which is the last day for submitting applications. Police force will be deployed to manage the crowd. The office will remain open till late evening to allow all the applicants in the queue to submit their applications, Tripathi said.
The Secondary Education Directorate,which is supervising the implementation of the scheme,is getting daily reports on applications from districts. The state government has made a provision of Rs 439 crore for the scheme in the budget of the current financial year. More than 1.20 lakh girls are expected to benefit this year. The government has fixed the number of beneficiaries for each district.
Officials said that the number of applicants in most districts had crossed the number set by the state government. Secondary Education Director Basudev Yadav said: In case of excess applicants,the beneficiaries would be selected in the ascending order of their family income.
The distribution of cheques would start on September 27 from Jhansi where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will give cheques to 1,530 girls. He will distribute cheques to 829 girls in Lalitpur on September 28,to 2,977 girls in Lucknow on October 3,1,117 girls in Etawah on October 4, 2,439 girls in Aligarh on October 5,and 3,371 girls in Azamgarh on October 10. He will also distribute cheques of unemployement allowance at these places.