“Our Mantra should be: ‘Beta Beti, Ek Samaan’. Let us celebrate the birth of the girl child. We should be equally proud of our daughters. I urge you to sow five plants when your daughter is born to celebrate the occasion.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told this to the citizens of his adopted village Jayapur in Varanasi on November 7, 2014.
Two months after this speech, PM Modi launched one of the most promising scheme for girl child – ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. To address the declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of women empowerment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Beti Bachao Beti Padhao on January 22, 2015 at Panipat, Haryana.
Since the launch of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, the multi-sectoral District Action Plans have been operationalized in almost all states. Capacity-building programmes and Trainings have been imparted to Trainers to further strengthen capacities of district level officials and frontline workers.
Ever since the Modi government came to power, several schemes and programmes for the benefit of the girl child have been launched.
Here is a list of some of the major schemes that were launched in the three years of Modi government for the girl child.
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is one of the most promising and relevant schems launched by the Narendra Modi Government. It lays special emphasis on financial empowerment of the girl child. ‘Sukanya Samridhi Account’ can be opened at any time from the birth of a girl child till she attains the age of 10 years, with a minimum deposit of Rs 1000. A maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh can be deposited during the financial year.
have already got account opened for their daughters.
Launched in 2014, Dhanlakshmi Yojana helps girls with getting the education that they deserve. It is a conditional money transfer system that provides girls with monetary benefits for completing their educational tasks. The scheme is especially designed to help family members with investing in the scheme and getting more out of the process. This is to help with preventing child marriage as it encourages a better overall life for all girls in the country.
Swachh Vidyalaya Scheme
Stressing on “dignity of women”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in 2014, urged parliamentarians and the corporate sector to help build separate toilets for girls in schools across the country by next year.
“I want to start one work from today. There should be a toilet in all the schools of our country. A separate toilet for girls…it is only then our girls will not have to quit schools.”
One month later, the Human Resource Development launched Swachh Vidyalaya Programme under Swachh Bharat Mission with an objective to provide separate toilets for boys and girls in all government schools within one year
As per Annual Status of Education Report (Rural), 2016, 68.7 % of schools visited had toilet facilities that were useable on the day of the visit as compared to 47.2 % in 2010 and 3.5 % of the schools had no such facilities.