45 lakh students from six minority communities in West Bengal have received scholarships from the state government amid the COVID-19 pandemic

A government official said, “The government had begun giving out scholarships to students on August 1. We aim to reach the 50-lakh figure by December 15.”

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“The state hopes that every eligible student gets benefited from the programme,” he added.

Minority students, who belong to families that have less than Rs 2 lakh as family income, are eligible for the scholarship programme, provided they have secured at least 60% mark in the previous exam.

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According to reports, 42 lakh minority students had received scholarships last year.