Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the ceremonial distribution of scooters to meritorious candidates who cleared the last higher secondary examinations conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council with percentage above a certain threshold at a ceremony held at the Veterinary College Playground in the state’s capital city.
Banikanta Kakati Merit Award, under the Pragya Bharti scheme, this year is being awarded to a total of 35,800 beneficiaries, of which 6,052 are boys and 29,748 are girls. To be eligible for the award, the male candidates of higher secondary examinations had to score a minimum of 75 per cent while that for female candidates has been fixed at 60 per cent.
The event witnessed the distribution of scooters to those eligibles who belong to Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts. Scooters for those who belong to the rest of the districts shall be distributed within December, a statement from Chief Minister’s Office said.
Chief Minister Sarma said it was a historic milestone in the lives of those who made it to the list of eligibles for Dr. Banikanta Kakati Merit Award. He termed the award a gift and blessing from the society for their hard work and dedication towards study. The Chief Minister exuded confidence the meritorious students chosen in the final list of awardees too would shine in their respective fields and bring glory to the State and the nation.