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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
21-February-2014 14:24 IST
Child Health and Education

 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched ‘Dhanalakshmi’- A conditional Cash Transfer Scheme for Girl Child on 03rd March, 2008 on a pilot basis to provide a set of staggered financial incentives for families to encourage them to retain the girl child and educate her. The   Scheme was discontinued w.e.f. 1.4.2013 as Several States Governments have Schemes for girl children which are more attractive.   

 

“Dhanalakshmi” was implemented in 11 Blocks across seven States on pilot basis: -

 

State

  District

Block

Andhra Pradesh

 

Khammam

Aswaraopeta

Warangal

Narsampet

Chhattisgarh

Bastar

Jagdalpur

Bijapur

Bhopalpattnam

Orissa

Malkangiri

Kalimela

Koraput

Semiliguda

Jharkhand

Giridih

Tisri

 

Kodarma

Markachor

Bihar

Jamoi

Sono

Uttar Pradesh

Rae Bareilly

Shivgarh

Punjab

Fatehgarh Sahib

Sirhind

 

The Blocks identified except Sirhind (Punjab) were educationally Backward Blocks (as per list of Educationally Backward Blocks given in Census of India 2001) Sirhind (Punjab) was chosen as it had the lowest girl child sex ratio (in age group 0 to 6 years), viz. 766 girls per 1000 boys as per 2001 Census.

 

Under the Scheme, the amount of release at various stages was as under:

 

Sl. No.

Items

Cash transfer per child (in Rs.)

1.

At Birth and Registration of Birth

5,000

2.

Immunization

 

i.

6 weeks

200

ii.

14 weeks

200

iii.

9 months

200

iv.

16 months

200

v.

24 months

200

 

on completion of full immunization

250

3. a

Education

 

On enrolment

1000

i.

Class 1 + 85% attendance

500

ii.

Class 2 + 85% attendance

500

iii.

Class 3 + 85% attendance

500

iv.

Class 4 + 85% attendance

500

v.

Class 5 + 85% attendance

500

3.b.

On enrolment of secondary school

1500

i.

Class 6 + 85% attendance

750

ii.

Class 7 + 85% attendance

750

iii.

Class 8 + 85% attendance

750

 

Total

13,500

 

The fund earmarked, released and utilized by the State Governments during the last  year and current year is as   under:

     

 State

2012-13

2013-14*

(till date)

Fund released

(Rs. in lakh)

Fund utilised

(Rs. in lakh)

Beneficiaries

Fund released

(Rs. in lakh)

Fund utilised

(Rs. in lakh)  

Beneficiaries

Andhra Pradesh

383.90

-          

-

-

-

-

Chhattisgarh

219.99

108.99

38,052

-

-

-

Orissa

108.43

-

-

-

-

-

Jharkhand

116.79

28.82

5,833

-

-

-

Bihar

-

-

-

165.31

51.36

25,500

Uttar Pradesh

-

-

4,483

105.02

112.51

4,483

Punjab

 331.80

-

8,147

 

-

-

-

Total

1160.93

 

137.81

56,515

270.33

163.87

29,983

           

* Past liability

 

 

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

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MV