In a bid to improve the child sex ratio in Beed, the state government has decided to support NGO Marwadi Sabha’s plan of gifting the second and third daughter in a family Rs2 lakh and Rs3 lakh respectively, after she attains 20 years of age.
According to the 2011 census, Beed district has 801 females against 1,000 male children, the lowest male-female sex ratio among children under the age of six in Maharashtra.
Three cases of doctors conducting illegal abortions of female foetuses in the district have surfaced over the last few days.
“The idea is to share the financial responsibility of the girl child so that parents do not think of getting rid of her,” said Mahesh Rathi who is heading the project and recently had a discussion with health minister Suresh Shetty on the issue.
Under the project, the organisation will ask newly-weds and couples with one girl child to register with them for a one time payment of Rs1,000 and then Rs10 a month.
After registration, Rs33,000 for the second girl child or Rs51,000 for the third girl child will be put in a fixed deposit policy for a period of 20 years.
“The policy will mature to Rs2 or Rs3 lakh by the time the girl is 20 years old. Then, we will gift it to her and even felicitate her mother. We will also take the responsibility of conducting 100 mass marriages of girls,” he said.
Though the state government may not directly fund the project, it will try to get a subsidy for members, said a senior government official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Once the subsidy is in place, the members will have to pay Re1 instead of Rs1,000 for a one-time membership, thus making it affordable.