Nagaland govt launches Ex-gratia Scheme for Students

The state government of Nagaland has launched an ex-gratia scheme for students studying outside Nagaland, called ‘Nagaland Government Ex-gratia Scheme for Students Studying outside Nagaland’ (NGESSO). The scheme is the initiative of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Key Features of NGESSO Scheme

It is a scheme initiated and sponsored by Government of Nagaland under which state government will provide a financial assistance of Rs.5 lakhs as one-time payment to parents/families of students in case of unfortunate death of any student while studying outside state. The sum is to enable distressed families to bring mortal remains of deceased students.

Beneficiary: NGESSO scheme would benefit Naga students belonging to any recognized scheduled tribes (ST) and indigenous inhabitants of state. It is targeted for students who die outside state while pursuing secular, technical, professional, diploma as well as theology courses. The nominee can claim ex-gratia amount within a period of 2 (two) months after the death of the students by furnishing the required documents.

Scheme Implementation:

The scheme will be implemented by department of higher education with effect from year 2019-20. The advertisement for scheme will be issued from 1 November 2019. Last date for submission of NGESSO registration form is March 30, 2020 and uploading of NGESSO registration number in the department website will be done by August 2020.

The state government has earmarked a Corpus Fund of Rs.5 crore in a fixed deposit and the interest accruing from deposit will be utilized for payment of ex-gratia amounting to Rs.5 lakh to nominee of deceased students.

The payment will be made through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) by the state finance department to bank account of nominee within a period of one month.

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