Haryana government issued notification for ‘Aapki Beti Hamari Beti’ scheme with an aim to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio and promote girls’ education in the state. The scheme is in accordance with the announcement made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on March 8, a spokesperson of state Women and Child Development Department said. Under the scheme, the first girl child born on or after January 22, 2015 in a scheduled caste and below poverty line family would be eligible to receive a one time grant of Rs 21,000, he said.
All families whose second girl child was born on or after the aforesaid date would also receive a one time grant of Rs 21,000, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, income and number of sons, the spokesperson said. In case of birth of twins or multiple girls on or after the date, their families would get a one time grant of Rs 21,000 per girl child, he said. All families whose second girl child was born on or before January 21, 2015, would receive Rs 5,000 every year for five years, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, income and number of sons.
Similarly, in case of birth of twins or multiple girls on or before January 21, 2015, their families would be given Rs 2,500 per girl child every year for five years, he said. The grant would be invested with the Life Insurance Corporation of India in the name of the girl child, and the sum would be given to the beneficiary when she turns 18, he said. To be eligible for the scheme, the parents should be domicile of Haryana, and the girl child and at least one of the parents should be residing in the state, he said.
Registration of the pregnant women should be done at the nearest Aanganwadi Centre or with the Health Department, the spokesperson said, adding the birth of the girl child should also be registered. He said that the funds would be released within one month of submission of completed application of the beneficiary through her mother, father or guardian. In case the applicant is unable to submit the application form within the prescribed time, it can be submitted within one year after the birth of the beneficiary, the spokesperson added.
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