The Ladli Laxmi Yojana

India has one of the highest female foeticide cases in the world, and that brings in a need for evasive measures. In a nation where women are religiously given the status of a goddess, the reality tends to speak otherwise. 

In order to ensure that the cases of female foeticide in the nation do not increase any further, Madhya Pradesh government initiated the Ladli Laxmi yojana – a welfare scheme for the girl child. 

What is the Ladli Laxmi yojana all about?

The Madhya Pradesh government, under the Ladli Laxmi Yojana will deposit ₹6000/- from the time the daughter is born for up to five years in an account that goes by her name.  

This is to incentivise the birth and growth of a girl child in Madhya Pradesh and to encourage parents to have daughters. The main objective of this scheme is to create awareness and do away with the notion that comes with the birth of a daughter. 

The society has had a condescending approach to the status of women. The Madhya Pradesh Government aims to bring about a shift in this notion through the implementation of this scheme. 

Eligibility of the Ladli Laxmi Yojana

To be eligible for the benefits of the scheme, here’s what’s needed:

  1. Parents of the girl child should be natives of Madhya Pradesh
  2. The parents should have adopted family planning when the second girl child is born 
  3. Money would be given to the girl child only at the age of 18 if she is still unmarried
  4. Girls who are made to leave schooling during their middle school years would not be entitled to the scheme benefits
  5. Only those falling under the poverty line can enrol for the Ladli Laxmi Yojana

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The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.