As many as 425 newborn girls from underprivileged families in the district would benefit under the first phase of the Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Scheme, which has been launched by the state government from this fiscal to improve sex ratio in the state.
According to information, Rs 2,100 each would be given at the time of birth, attaining age of three years with complete vaccination, attaining age of six with admission to Class 1 and attaining age of 14 with admission to Class 9. Finally, when she would attain age of 18 with admission to senior secondary (Class 12), the girl would be provided a sum of Rs 31,000. Apart from that, a scholarship of Rs 100 per month from Class 1 to 6 and Rs 200 per month from Class 7 to senior secondary would also be given to the beneficiary girl.
The scheme had been launched keeping in view the poor economic condition of the families concerned so that they adopt a positive thinking towards girl child. Moreover, these families would not have to worry about bringing up their girl child as financial help by government would be enough for catering to her needs till she turns 18.
Moga deputy commissioner Arashdeep Singh Thind said under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 61,000 would be given from time to time till the age of 18. "Only the girls born after January 1, 2011, and whose families have annual income of Rs 30,000, will be entitled for the scheme," he added.
Thind clarified that there would be no bar, even if the family was blessed with a girl child earlier. "Even those newly born girls who were abandoned after January 1, 2011, and growing up in orphanages/children homes will also be covered under the scheme. If any girl after getting benefited gives up her study for any reason, she would be deprived of further benefits of the scheme," Thind said.
District programme officer Gurpreet Singh said blue card issued by the state food supply department would be acceptable as the proof of income for families who want to get benefit. "Throwing light on block-wise progress of the scheme, he said 59 applications from Moga-1 block, 44 from Moga-2, 103 from Nihal Singh Wala, 146 from Baghapurana and 73 from Dharamkot block have been sent to the state government for approval," he added.
He suggested that applicants must bring blue card and birth certificate with them. Anybody may file the application for getting the benefit of the scheme within 2 years of the birth of girl child.