Minority Affairs Ministry spent Rs 2204.44 crore during 2019-20 on scholarship schemes on 67,21,630 beneficiaries, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority Affairs in the Rajya Sabha on Monday said in a written reply.
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode was used to transfer the scholarship amount to the beneficiaries' bank accounts.
Naqvi said, "the nationwide lockdown did not affect the payment of scholarships as the aforesaid Scholarship Schemes of the Minority Affairs Ministry are implemented through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) or Online Portal.”
The disposal of the scholarship amount for 2019-20 will continue in 2020-21 as well under the scholarship schemes including the Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme, Merit-cum-Means, Post-Matric, and Pre-Matric.
National Scholarship Portal (NSP) was used to deploy the scholarship schemes, this is the reason that the payment of scholarships was not affected by the nationwide lockdown.