In order to check the menace of female foeticide and impart quality education to girls, besides extending financial assistance to poor families in bringing up the girl child, the cabinet gave a nod for the work plan for 2012-13 to implement the proposed “Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan Scheme”.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The scheme, which was a part of ‘measures to improve Sex Ratio’ under the 13th Finance Commission, would benefit the families with an annual income below Rs. 30,000 or those covered under the Atta Dal scheme of the state government.
Mr.Madan Mohan Mittal, Social Security – Women and Child Development Minister, Punjab, disclosed that the girl child born on or after 1-4-2011, of those families who had adopted the two-child norms and family planning method and also whose income is below 30,000/- per annum would be eligible for the scheme. Mr. Mittal further informed that the department would invest Rs. 20,000/- per beneficiaries with life insurance corporation of India as premium. On the birth of a newly born girl child, the department would give Rs. 1100/-, after attaining the age of 1 & 2 years (after immunization), the female child would get Rs. 1200/- each, and on third year she would be entitled for Rs. 1500/-. Also, upon her admission to 1st class, the department would deposit Rs. 1100/- in her bank account. On admission to classes 6th, 9th, 11th Rs. 2100/- each would be deposited by the department. On attaining adulthood, she would be entitled to get Rs. 21000/- as a scholarship for furtherance of higher studies. Besides this, Mr. Mittal added that department would provide scholarship from class 1 to 6th Rs. 100/- per month amounting to 7200 and from class 7th to 12th the scholarship would be doubled i.e. Rs. 200/- P.M amounting to Rs. 14,400/- in six years.
The Minister further said that Rs. 15,000 would be given from 13th finance commission grants and Rs. 5000 would be borne by the Government of Punjab. The target is to cover 34,500 beneficiaries; Rs. 1.75 crore has been earmarked for various publicity schemes under information, education and communication activities.
He explained that each youth club would be given a grant of Rs. 5000 under the scheme for youth centre. An expenditure ofRs. 2.50 crore would be earmarked. To provide higher education to orphan girls in the state, Rs. 2 crore would be dedicated.
He added that Rs. 1 crore has been earmarked for giving grants to 15 NGOs (Rs. 2 lakh per NGO) for generating awareness regarding PNDT and for their efforts to improve sex ratio in the state.
The cabinet also approved the policy guidelines and building norms for regularization of old as well as new marriage palaces in the state. The regularisation of existing marriage places would be permissible up to December 31, 2012 on payment of rationalized charges. The policy has regulated the procedure and the entire state has been divided into seven zones for levying the Change of Land Use (CLU).The cabinet also decided to hold the Council of Ministers’ meeting regularly on second and fourth Thursday every month.