Maharashtra approves revised policy of scheme aimed to improve girl child ratio

The Maharashtra government 19 July 2017 approved a revised policy of the ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme, according to which families who have a yearly income of upto Rs 7.5 lakh will be benefited. A decision to this effect was taken during the cabinet meeting held here. The scheme, launched by the state government on April 1, 2016 in place of ‘Sukanya’ scheme, is aimed at improving the skewed girl child ratio, prevent sex determination and female foeticide, and support female education.

According to the earlier provisions, the ‘Majhi Kenya Bhagyashree’ scheme catered to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was upto Rs 1 lakh. According to the revised provisions, families having an income upto Rs 7.5 lakh will be eligible for the scheme. As per the revised provisions after bearing the first girl child, if the mother or the father undergoes a family planning operation, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child.

Also, 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 will be able to withdraw the interest money twice – once she attains 6 years of age and when she turns 12. The girl will be able to withdraw the principle money plus the interest when she turns 18, provided she has completed her education upto Standard 10 and is unmarried. The scheme will be valid only if there are a maximum of two girl children born. In case a third child is born, the scheme shall become invalid for the first two as well.

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