Q. “SHRESTHA scheme” often seen in news is related to which of the following?

[A] Higher education

[B] Manual Scavenging

[C] Solar based street lights

[D] Natural Farming

Answer: A

Explanation: Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESTHA): Ministry of Education has joined hands with Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for SHRESTHA.

Objective of SHRESTHA: Enhance reach of development Intervention of the Government and fill the gap in service deficient SCs dominant areas.

Earlier known as ‘Grant in-aid to voluntary and other organisations for Scheduled Castes’, SHRESTHA has two Modes with:

  • Mode 1: To provide high quality residential education to bright scheduled caste (SC) students.
  • Mode 2: It provides Grant-in-aid to Schools/ Hostels run by voluntary and other organisations meeting the required criteria.