After tweaking recruitment rules to help people from the rain-deprived areas to get jobs on priority, Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar on Monday said the state government has decided to reimburse fees directly into the bank accounts of students hailing from drought-hit areas.
"The bank details of students along with their village and revenue code would be collected and whenever a drought condition is declared, the amount of the fees would be reimbursed directly into their accounts," said Shelar during the Question Hour in the state Assembly.
This apart, the fees for written examinations and charges for practical tests will also be waived.
The decision comes two days after the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) announced the recruitment of 4,416 drivers.
“People from drought-hit areas and relatives of farmers who committed suicide will be given priority in recruitment,” Transport Minister Diwakar Raote told reporters here on Saturday.
Drought in Maharashtra in India came about after the region received lower rainfall during the monsoon season from June to September 2012. It is considered as the region's worst drought in 40 years. The worst-hit areas in Maharashtra were Solapur, Parbhani, Ahmedabad, Lahore, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik.
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