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