Bangaru Thalli Scheme Details
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HYDERABAD: A unique scheme called 'Bangaru Thalli', unveiled by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for the welfare of the girl child belonging to poor families, having white ration cards is being implemented from Wednesday across the state. As per the details of the scheme that was announced by Kiran Kumar Reddy during his Medak tour on Monday, the state government would take care of the education as well as marriage expenses of girls.
As per the 'Bangaru Thalli' scheme, the state will give Rs 1,000 per month to the woman from the time she conceives till the time of her child's birth. And if a girl child is born, the mother would be given Rs 2,500 at the time of delivery. From then on till the girl attains the age of five, Rs 1,500 would be given each year to the family towards the girl's expenses. At the time of admission to school, the family would be paid Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 every year for her studies from Class I to V. She will be paid Rs 2,500 each for the VI to the VIII standard and Rs 3,000 each for Class IX and X. For Intermediate, the girl will be paid Rs 3,500 per year and Rs 4,000 for each of the three years of graduation.
In case the girl stops her education after Intermediate, she will be paid Rs 50,000 towards the marriage expenses and Rs one lakh if she opts for marriage after graduation. In effect, the state would be spending about Rs 2.1 lakh towards the total education and marriage expenses of a girl. State government officials said such a scheme does not exist anywhere else in the country.
The scheme will be applicable to two girl children of each family of white ration card holders. The benefits under this scheme will be provided irrespective of them being beneficiaries of the other schemes being implemented for the welfare of the girl child in the state. The objective of the scheme is to ensure that every girl child born in the families of white card holders should become a graduate so that they can become a teacher or bank employee or even join the civil services. The government will come up with a legislation to give statutory status to the scheme soon.
Interestingly, three days before Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his 'Bangaru Thalli' scheme, TDP's Chandrababu Naidu also announced, as part of his woman declaration, that if the TDP comes back to power, his government would deposit Rs 25,000 for every girl child at the time of birth which would fetch her Rs 2 lakh by the time she grows up.
Bangaru Thalli Scheme to be linked to Aadhaar:
The state government will give Rs 1,000 every month to every pregnant woman the moment she conceives till she delivers a baby. If she gives birth to - a baby girl born Rs 2,500
- Rs 1,500 every year through Anganwadis till the girl turns 5 years.
- At the time of admission to school, the family would be paid Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 every year for her studies from Class I to V.
- Rs 2,500 from sixth to eighth standard
- Rs 3,000 for ninth and tenth standard
- Rs 3,500 each year for Intermediate
- Rs 4,000 for each of the three years of graduation.
In case the girl stops her education after Intermediate, she will be paid Rs 50,000 towards the marriage expenses and Rs one lakh if she opts for marriage after graduation.
Bangaru Thalli- Girl Child Protection scheme- will be linked to the Aadhaar and one of the parents should compulsorily have the Aadhaar number to avail the benefit for the child.
A review meeting presided over by the Chief Secretary on Tuesday decided to release cash benefits under the scheme from July 1.
However, it was resolved to give one year time frame for the parents of the girl child to get the Aadhaar number as the scheme was launched only in May.
While the scheme would be applicable to all the girl children born from May, the second instalment next year would be suspended if the parents failed to get their Aadhaar enrolment and the unique identification number. The payments would be resumed only after the parents furnish the Aadhaar details.
It was proposed to launch cash disbursement under the scheme from Chityal in Warangal district which recorded the lowest child sex ratio of 545 girls for 1,000 boys. However, the location would be decided as per the convenience and schedule of the Chief Minister.
The meeting also decided the measures for effective implementation of the scheme which involved release of cash incentives as the child reached different milestones in education and other parameters like immunisation.
The technology to be adopted for recording the milestones of each beneficiary and release the cash incentive accordingly was also discussed at length.
It is estimated that about six lakh children would have been born since the announcement of the Bangaru Thalli scheme. For all of them, cash benefits would be extended from July 1.
Though only families with white ration cards were eligible under the scheme, officials said that with 90 per cent of the people in the State were white cardholders, majority of girl children in the State would be covered under the scheme.
Under the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, the government already linked scholarships, Janani Suraksha scheme, subsidy on LPG domestic cylinders, etc.