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Odisha is the ninth largest state in the country by area with one third of the area covered by forests. The state is inhabited by people of all castes with scheduled castes and tribes constituting about two fifths of the total population.

This SC and ST population of the state lives in the difficult topography with minimal resources. There are areas where there is no mode of transport available other than boats. One such place is a remote village of Kushpanga of the northern district of Deogarh. The village is situated on the bank of river Gohira which is about 60 kms from the district headquarter.

The village has a school upto class 8 where the students from nearby villages of Kadalipal and Bramhaneidei also come to study. For higher studies the students have to go to Dhobalipathar which is on the opposite bank of the river. The students have to cross the river to access school on a daily basis. This takes a lot of time as there is limited number of boats to ferry the passengers and the students have to wait sometimes upto an hour before the boat arrives. The students in this school come to study fighting against the odds.

To help these students, the government launched ‘Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme’ for the SC and ST students of classes 9 and 10. DFID is providing technical assistance to the Government of Odisha for the implementation of the scheme with the help of technical agency led by IPE Global.

To avail the scholarship, the students have to open a bank account and obtain a caste certificate from the Tehsildar. Since, it is one of the remotest areas, arranging for the documents becomes a challenge for the parents.

The technical team supporting the implementation in the state travelled to these remote areas and helped the students to apply for the bank account and issuance of caste certificates at the tehsil office which is at a distance of 75 km from the village.

The team also organized a meeting of the parents and community members in the school and collected all the documents. Through the community members the technical team tried to approach all the students to ensure that none is left behind.

The efforts of the technical team has paved the way for empowerment of the SC and ST students even in the remotest areas as they are able to apply for the scholarship. At present, more than 90% of the enrolled students of classes 9 and 10 have applied for the scholarship for the academic year 2015-2016.

In the year 2014-2015 about 4.30 lakhs students from across Odisha registered under the scheme which was about 5.6% higher than 2013.

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