Shimla: Students who have to travel long distances to reach school would be handed out an incentive scholarships to encourage them and reduce the dropout rates.
Talking to a party delegation from Sirmaur, a district where educational standards lag behind others, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the those students having to travel more than 5 Kms for attending schools would be given Protsahan Scholarships ranging from Rs 200 to 300/- depending upon the distances travelled.
This would go a long way in helping student of poor families, he said.
Speaking about funds marked for Nahan, the district headquarter of Sirmaur, he said that work on a Rs 56 crore drinking water supply scheme for the town would start soon.
The government had decided to base the 6th Indian Reserve Battalion at Kolar in Sirmaur and to increase the road density, two national highways had been approved for the district, said the chief minister.