Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said the scientists under the VAJRA programme would draw a salary of USD 15,000 in the first month and USD 10,000 each in the remaining months.
"Indian scientists abroad are feeling optimistic that with the new government in power, they will have top class facilities and a very conducive environment," he said.
The number of scientists under the programme has been capped at 1,000.
The government currently awards the Ramanujan Fellowship to Indian students and doctors working abroad. The fellowship is awarded for five years.
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