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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Maharashtra government approved revised policy of scheme to improve girl child ratio


The Maharashtra government has 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. The scheme was launched by the state government on April 1, 2016 in place of 'Sukanya' scheme.

It is aimed at improving the skewed girl child ratio, prevent sex determination and female foeticide, and support female education.

Earlier provision:
The 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme catered to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was upto Rs 1 lakh.

Revised provisions:
Families having an income upto Rs 7.5 lakh will be eligible for the scheme. 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. 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.

Important Facts-
Maharashtra's child sex ratio was 894 girls per 1,000 boys (below the age of six), the ninth-lowest in India, according to Census 2011. The ratio dropped from 946 girls per 1,000 boys in 1991 to 913 in 2001 and 894 in 2011.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Devendra Fadnavis is the CM of Maharashtra.
  • C. Vidyasagar Rao is the Governor of Maharashtra.
Source- Press Trust of India (PTI)

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