Just over a year after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared his 'Beti Bachao Andolan' aimed at protecting the girl child, the state cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to give pension to the parents who have only daughters.
As per the cabinet decision, each of the two parents (provided one of them is above the age of 60) will get a pension of Rs 500 per month from the state government. This will be in addition to the existing old-age pension, but it has a catch - they cannot be income-tax payers.
The rationale behind the scheme is that since certain sections of the society even in this day and age treat girl child as a burden leading ultimately to poor sex ratio, the state government needed to intervene and issue a sort of a sop. Giving pension to parents who have only daughters is, as per the government's view, such a sop.
On September 9, 2011 Chouhan had said the state government was considering a scheme to give pension and preference in house allotment to the family which has only daughters. Later, on October 5 he launched the 'Beti Bachao Andolan' aimed at correcting the sex ratio in the state.
As per the 2011 census, Madhya Pradesh has 930 females for every 1,000 males. However, the child sex ratio is 912.
As per official sources, though the government has announced the scheme, the modalities for disbursement of the amount among the beneficiaries are yet to be chalked out.