The new BJP-led government of Assam on Saturday announced that no provincialized government colleges in the state would charge any fee from students whose parents’ annual income was below Rs 1 lakh per annum. This would lead to a total waiver of Rs 70 crore, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
“No provincialised government college will charge any fee, including admission fees, tuition fees and all others fees from those students taking admission in the current year in HS 1st year and TDC 1st year whose parents’ annual income is below Rs 1 lakh,” education minister Sarma said at a press conference.
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Such students would submit photo-copy of monthly salary slip of parents working in state or central government, or in private organisations while taking admission in colleges, he said. Students whose parents are not salaried people or works in purely private concerns would procure a certificate from the concerned Circle Officer or Mouzadar, the minister said.
“The government would reimburse within two months the revenue loss to the respective colleges on submission of a detailed account,” minister Sarma said. “With this waiver of fee we have accomplished one of our important (poll) promises,” Sarma later said in a tweet. “We will reimburse Rs 70 crore to the colleges for their revenue loss,” he added.