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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

AP offers free edu to capital land-losers

Further wooing farmers and other landowners in the new capital region, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday issued an order offering free education to all those affected by the land pooling scheme. The free education scheme will be in place for 10 years during which the state government will reimburse the entire tuition fee of the course being pursued by students anywhere in the country irrespective of their parental income.

Students studying in government and recognised polytechnic, professional and university colleges will be eligible under the new scheme. The candidates who secure admissions under the convener quota (category A) will also be covered under the scheme. The cutoff date for the nativity of an eligible student is December 8, 2014, the date on which the land pooling scheme was launched. While the implementation period of the scheme is 10 years, those eligible during the last year will be eligible for fee reimbursement till the completion of the course.

Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) principal secretary Ajay Jain said that as per GO 125, “The state government is obliged to provide certain benefits to the affected families, one of which is free education to all the residents of Amaravati residing as on December 8, 2014, as per rule (4), schedule III (iii) issued in the land pooling scheme rules.“

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