India announces cash incentive to save girl child

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3rd March 2008

New Delhi: The Government of India on Monday launched a conditional cash transfer scheme ‘Dhan Laxmi' to provide a set of staggered financial incentives for families to encourage them for better upbringing of girl child and to educate her. Under the scheme, a significant amount will be provided to the family of girl child on fulfilling specific conditionalities including birth registration, immunisation, school enrolement and delay marriage of the girl child till the age of 18 years. The Minister also launched online tracking of proposals submitted to the Ministry under various schemes for grant in aid in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC). Under the Dhan Laxmi scheme an insurance cover to the tune of Rs 1 lakh would be provided for the girl child at her birth and in all, cash package of around Rs 2 lakh will be provided to the girl's family, preferably to the mother, through the scheme. Courtesy: UNICEF/HQ03-0011/Shehzad NooraniWhile launching the scheme, the Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said that the scheme would help to change the attitudinal mindset of the family towards the girl by linking cash and non-cash transfers to her well-being. The Minister added that this will force the families to look upon the girl as an asset rather than a liability since her very existence would lead to cash inflow to the family. "Initially, the scheme is proposed to be piloted in 11 educationally backward blocks in seven states. An outlay of Rs 10 crore is proposed for 2008-09 benefiting 101,970 girl children," she said. Chowdhury also launched a public awareness campaign about women issues through Railway tickets, under which, initially five crore tickets will be printed carrying social messages to check female foeticide, child marriage, dowry, domestic violence, trafficking and harassment. Stressing that through the tickets the messages will go up to the grassroot level, she also announced skill upgradation programme for women especially destitutes in private partnership under the programme about 100 women will be provided training in different trades and their employment will be facilitated. Chowdhury further said that these schemes include working women's hostel scheme, Swadhar, Ujjawala, short stay homes, crèche and child welfare. —iGovernment Bureau
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