OGIP to benefit 2.5L SC, ST girls

Baripada: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Odisha Girls’ Incentive Programme (OGIP) here on Monday which according to officials will benefit around 2.5 lakh SC and ST girl students in the State.

The scheme has been designed to encourage more and more SC and ST girl students for pursuing Class-IX and X by reducing their financial and social constraints.

As per provision of the programme, which also aims at boosting enrolment of girls of the disadvantaged community, each beneficiary will avail of Rs 950 per annum in addition to the existing pre-Matric scholarship of Rs 2,250 per annum.

According to official sources, the DFID-funded OGIP will be implemented by the SC and ST Development department.

The programme was taken up on a pilot basis in Rayagada district this year for 3,000 girl students, added sources.