Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has recently made an announcement to give exemption from exam fee to candidates appearing from drought affected areas. The circular was issued on October 23, 2015 in which the principals of schools located in Maharashtra have been asked to collect data about such students and not to charge any fees from them for SSC examinations.
Gangadhar Mhamane, chairman of MSBSHSE informed that it is not mandatory for students who have been exempted from fee payment to study in the schools located in drought affected areas. They can study in the schools located outside the proximity of their villages. The students studying in schools located outside their village are also eligible for the benefit provided they are the residents of drought affected areas.
Somewhere around 14,708 villages in Maharashtra have been declared drought-hit this year. The main reason being monsoon was less than 75 percent in 189 talukas while paisewari in 14,708 villages is less than 50 percent. The state revenue minister Eknath Khadse said, “The minister also announced setting up of cotton procurement centres within 15 days. Similarly, soybean, paddy, maize and jowar procurement would be done before Diwali. Instructions have been given to start the procurement centres in 15 days.”
In the present year, under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PMKSY), Central government has allocated Rs 21 crore to the Maharashtra region to lessen the impact of drought and improve the ground water recharge in the country. In the recent years, 219 districts across India have been frequently affected by the drought and suffered regular agrarian crisis.
Mhamane further said, “the board could not waive the fees of HSC students at the collection stage as their forms were filled much earlier.” However, the examination fee that has been paid by HSC students who belong to drought affected areas will also be refunded by the board.