Free education for Ockhi hit kids, says Pinarayi


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Government is taking initiatives to provide free education and vocational training to the kids of fishermen, who died or went missing in 2017 when the catastrophe, Ockhi cyclonic storm.


"A total of 194 students, which includes children at all levels, from lower primary to professional colleges, have been identified as beneficiaries. The government will provide vocational training to 124 students who have completed graduation," CM Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted on Thursday.

He also said Rupees 13.92 crores will be allotted for the students from the CMDRF (Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund).

"The project will continue till 2037," he added.
As per the Scheme, a package of 10,000 rupees per year will be given for students from LKG to Class 5 , Rs 25,000 for class 6 to 10, Rs 30,000 for higher secondary students and up to 1,00,000 for graduate students.

Ockhi was a type of tropical cyclone that hit various shores of Kerala in November 2017. Almost 70 fishermen died on November 29 and 30 and some are still missing. The cyclone also had an effect on neighbouring Lakshadweep and Tamil Nadu.

With inputs from PTI

Image credit: Manorama online



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