The Maharashtra government approved a new policy of the Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree scheme. Under the scheme which families who have a yearly income of up to Rs 7.5 lakh will be benefited. This decision was taken during the cabinet meeting.
The scheme has been launched by the state government on 1st April 2016 in place of Sukanya scheme. The scheme aimed at improving the skewed girl child ratio, prevent sex determination and female abortion of a fetus and support female education.
In the earlier provisions, the Mnjhi Kanya Bhagyashree scheme covered the girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was up to Rs 1 lakh. But according to the new provisions, families having an income up to Rs 7.5 lakh will be eligible for the scheme, an official from the chief minister office said.
As per the Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree Scheme, if the mother or the father undergoes a family planning operation after bearing the first girl child, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child. If any of the parents undergo a family planning operation after the second girl child, Rs 25,000 will be deposited in the name of both children.
The money will be withdrawn the interest of the money in two terms – once the child attains 6 years and when she attains 12 years. The girl will be able to withdraw the total money with interest when she complete 18 years, she has completed her education up to 10th standard and unmarried so far.
In the case of the third child is born, the scheme shall become invalid for the first two as well. The scheme will be the invalid only maximum of two girl children born.
According to the census of 2011, the Maharashtra’s child sex ratio was 894 girls per 1,000 boys. This is the ninth lowest in India. The ratio dropped from 1991 Census to 2011 Census as following 946 in 1991 and 913 in 2011 and 894 in 2011.