Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on 8 March 2015 launched a scheme for girl child - Aapki Beti Humari Beti. The scheme was launched with an aim to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio in the state.
The scheme was announced at a state-level function on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Panchkula. Khattar launched the scheme by giving away a cheque of 21000 rupees each to mothers of six female children born on or after 22 January 2015.
Key Characteristics of the Scheme
• Under the scheme, the first girl child born on or after 22 January 2015 in Schedule Caste (SC) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families will be eligible to receive 21000 rupees.
• The second girl child born on or after 22 January 2015 of all families will also receive the same amount.
• Families where twin girls or multiple girls are born will also get 21000 rupees per girl child.
• The Scheme will be implemented in both rural and urban areas of the state covering first-born girl child of SC and BPL families all second girl child born on or after 22 January 2015 of all families.
Other schemes that were launched during the function
• Haryana Kanya Kosh: for the welfare and development of girl child and women in the state
• Multi Sectoral Nutrition Programme: The programme will address the maternal and child nutrition in five districts namely Mewat, Fatehabad, Narnaul, Palwal and Kaithal.
Other announcements made during the function
• The amount of Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti Award was increased to 1.5 lakh rupees from one lakh rupees.
• The amount of Behan Shanno Devi Award was increased to one lakh rupees from 51000 rupees.
• The amount of Life Time Achievement Award was increased to 51000 rupees from 21000 rupees.
• The amount of other women achiever award was increased to 21000 rupees from 5100 rupees.
Districts honoured for improving sex ratio in the State
Four districts namely Panipat (first prize of four lakh rupees), Jind (second prize of two lakh rupees), Rohtak (third prize of two lakh rupees) and Sonipat (fourth prize of two lakh rupees) were honoured for improvement in their sex ratio during the year 2014.
Panipat was conferred with first prize for registering sex ratio of 892 girls per 1000 boys in the year 2014 as compared to 851 in the year 2013. Jind registered a sex ratio of 891 as compared to 859 in 2013, Rohtak registered a sex ratio of 879 as compared to 847 in 2013 and district Sonipat registered a sex ratio of 847 as compared to 824 in 2013.
When: 8 March 2015