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CHILD Protection & Child Rights » IV. National Mechanisms » Child Targeted Schemes & Programmes » Balika Samriddhi Yojana (BSY)



The Balika Samriddhi Yojana started in 1997 is an important initiative of the government to raise the status of the girl child. The scheme's aims at changing the negative attitude of families and communities towards the girl child, to increase enrolment and retention of girls in schools, to raise the marriage age of girls and to create income opportunities and activities. A series of incentives are incorporated into the Yojana, such as a gift of Rs. 500/- to the mother on delivery of a baby girl and the condition of an annual scholarship for the girl child education.

In 1999-2000 the scheme was changed to benefit the girl child. Hence now the girl child can receive:

  • A post birth grant amount of Rs. 500/
  • Eligible for annual scholarships for education according to class

Class

Amount of Annual Scholarship

I-III

Rs. 300/- per annum for each class

IV

Rs. 500/- per annum

V

Rs. 600/- per annum

VI-VII

Rs. 700/- per annum for each class

VIII

Rs. 800/- per annum

IX-X

Rs. 1000/- per annum for each class

Part of the money given to the girl child at birth or in scholarships can be put aside for paying the premium on an insurance policy in the name of the girl child under the Bhagyashri Balika Kalyan Bima Yojna. Under this scheme the girl child can withdraw the scholarship amount and interest when she turns 18. If she marries or dies before she is eighteen the amount incurred in interest bearing account will be withdrawn.

For more information visit the BSY website

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