The Maharashtra government on 18 July 2017 approved a revised policy of the 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme in an attempt to improve girl child ratio in the state.
The revised scheme will benefit families that have a yearly income of up to Rs 7.5 lakh. The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting held in Mumbai.
About the Scheme
• The 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme was launched by the Maharashtra government on 1 April 2016 in place of ‘Sukanya’ scheme.
• It is aimed at improving skewed girl child ratio, preventing sex determination and female foeticide and supporting female education.
• According to the earlier provisions, the scheme catered to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was up to Rs 1 lakh.
New Provisions of the Scheme
• The revised provisions will allow families having an income up to Rs 7.5 lakh to also benefit from the scheme.
• According to the scheme’s revised policy, if the mother or the father undergoes a family planning operation after the birth of their first girl child, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child.
• Further, if any of the parents undergo a family planning operation after bearing the second girl child, a sum of Rs 25,000 shall be deposited in the name of both children.
• The girl child will be able to withdraw the interest money twice, first when she reaches 6 years of age and next when she turns 12.
• The girl will be able to withdraw the total amount along with interest at the time when she turns 18, provided she has completed her education up to 10 Standard and is unmarried.
However, families would only be able to benefit from the scheme if there are a maximum of two girl child births. In the case of a third birth, the scheme shall become invalid for the first two as well.
According to 2011 Census, Maharashtra's child sex ratio was 894 girls per 1,000 boys (below the age of six), the ninth-lowest in India. The state’s ratio dropped from 946 girls per 1,000 boys in 1991 to 913 in 2001 and 894 in 2011.
When: 18 July 2017
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