Govt launches ‘Laadli Beti’ at Pulwama

PULWAMA: J&K Government’s pioneering “Laadli Beti” scheme aimed at reversing the alarming trend of declining child sex ratio in the State, was launched at an impressive function here today.

“Laadli Beti” is a social security scheme launched by the State Government for girls born in low-income families.

Under the scheme, the state government will, for the next 14 years, contribute Rs 1000 per month towards the birth of every girl child born after April 1, 2015 in the families with income upto Rs 75000 per annum. Upon reaching the age of 21 years, the girl child would receive a sum of Rs 6.50 lakh.

The scheme is to be implemented on pilot basis in eight districts of the State including Srinagar, Jammu, Budgam, Samba, Pulwama, Kishtwar, Anantnag and Kathua, with worst child sex ratio. The scheme has been already launched in Jammu, Budgam, Anantnag and Srinagar.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Bali Baghat said the Laadli Beti scheme will provide much-needed economic security to the girl child born in a poor family. “It is a revolutionary step towards social security of the girls,” he said, adding the scheme will come as a huge relief to those poor parents who live from hand-to-mouth.

Addressing the gathering, Member Parliament, Ms Mehbooba Mufti described the occasion to launch Laadli Beti scheme as one of the happiest moments of her life. She hailed the State Government for launching this innovative scheme to secure the future of the girl child.

“Real prosperity to the State would come only when we secure the future of our daughters and the women folk,” she said and stressed the need for girl education and employment.  She added that huge challenges still remain in fully empowering women and socially deprived sections of the society in the State.

Calling for attitudinal change in the society towards women, Mehbooba said the girl child is as much a blessing as a boy. She expressed sadness over rising cases of domestic violence against women in Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu said Laadli Beti scheme will provide much needed economic security to the girls born in poor and downtrodden families. “It is a ground-breaking step to stabilize the child sex ratio and will bring huge relief to the poor parents who live from hand to mouth,” he said and added that it will also encourage the poor parents to provide best education to their daughters.

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