Here is why the Scooty-Scheme is NOT a great step

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Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday formally launched the Scooty Finance scheme for J&K’s college going girls at which was announced by the State Government in Budget 2016-17. The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister in two separate functions organized at Women’s College, Gandhi Nagar and Women’s College Parade.

The one real good thing about the scheme is independence to the students who will spend much lesser time during their commute through the city than the time using public transport. Also, the sense of pride that comes as recognition of merit can be uplifting for anyone.

Atleast these girls would not have to go through the grinding mental and physical torture of the lechers who travel in public transport with only the purpose of molestation. Still, there are things which do not fit in.

However, while many people applauded the CM for her attempt to empower college going girls making them independent in (terms of) mobility, there are few essential questions which need answers.

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Here are some main problems with the scheme:

1) As per the scheme, a girl student should have secured not less than 65% marks in 10+2 and current degree course years and yearly income of the applicant’s parents/guardian should not be more than Rs 4 lakh. So, what about those students who are extremely good at studies but do not fulfil the second criteria? For instance someone who belongs to a family with the income of say Rs. 4.25 Lakh.

2) The scheme envisages that the State Government will facilitate purchase of scooties by the college going girls by bearing the larger share (54 percent to be precise) of the total cost of the two-wheeler. The cost of the scooties gifted is approximately Rs. 55,000 and the parents have to shell out Rs. 25,000.

What happens in the event if someone who fills the criteria cannot pay the remaining amount? How would the government make sure that she gets the benefits of the scheme?

3) This scheme is mainly designed for students from lower income groups. So, keeping their financial situation in mind did the government imagine whether the families would be able to afford fuel prices?

4) Lastly, how would the government make sure that these girls have license to drive the scooties? Were they told to submit a copy of their driving license along with other documents like income certificate and state subject? If the government did not, is it doing something to ensure that the students who were awarded the scooties will get licenses?

Women empowerment is a good thing but it would have been better if the government had waived their tuition fee or opened a Fixed Deposit account for them instead of giving 46 per cent subsidy on purchase of a Scooty!


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