Here are some government schemes designed especially for girl children to plan towards their brighter future.
It is common knowledge that women in India, and especially girl children, face many problems owing to the largely patriarchal nature of society. There are many chronic issues affecting the survival, safety, and health of girls in the country. To curb the menace of female infanticide and to promote girls’ education and health, the government has launched many innovative schemes that help parents plan and save for their daughters’ future.
Here are some of the major initiatives taken by the government:
1. Balika Samridhi Yojana
Launched in August 1997, this government scheme is focused on uplifting girl children in both rural and urban areas. As social progress cannot be made without imparting education, this scheme involves giving a monetary reward to each girl child as she proceeds to the next class.
2. Saakshar Bharat Mission
This scheme was launched in 2009 on International Literacy Day (September 8) to promote adult education, with the main focus on women. It is a centrally sponsored scheme under the aegis of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
3. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Yojana
This was launched in 2014 to provide quality education to girls and facilitate them to acquire more knowledge and strengthen the learning process. So far around 3.6 lakh girl students have been educated through 3500 KGBV schools (with hostel facility) under this scheme.
4. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
This government scheme was launched in 2015 with a view to protect girls and safeguard their economic wellbeing. Parents can open a bank account in their daughter’s name and avail of tax benefit on the deposits, plus earn a high interest that is also tax-free. It motivates parents to save so that their girl child can have a quality education. To learn the benefits of the scheme in detail click here.
5. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
You have probably heard this slogan on radio or TV. This government scheme was launched in January 2015 with an aim to ensure survival, safety, and education of girls and to ameliorate the child sex ratio. The scheme was designed to address these pressing issues by imparting quality education.
6. CBSE Scholarship Scheme
To give a fillip to the notion of having a single girl child and ensuring her education, this central government scheme was launched in 2016 to support the education of a single girl child in government schools. Under the scheme, girls are eligible for a tuition fee waiver of Rs 500 per month.
Many schemes launched by the central and state governments over the past few years have been playing a pivotal role in elevating the condition of the girl child in Indian society. This is a good sign and truly in line with Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts that when a girl child is secure and educated, it translates to the moral and intellectual development of society as a whole.