The Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, will distribute saris to 11,987 women and give away Bhagyalakshmi scheme bonds to 3,845 children at a function in Puttur on Wednesday.
Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar said that the saris had been procured through the Karnataka State Handloom Development Corporation.
The Bhagyalakshmi scheme was introduced for girls with effect from April 1, 2006. Under this, the Government will deposit Rs. 10,000 each in the name of two girls in a below poverty line family if they are born between April 1, 2006 and July 31, 2008 with the Life Insurance Corporation of India for 18 years under a special insurance scheme. On completing 18 years, both the girls would get Rs. 34,165.
The Government increased the principal amount to Rs. 19,300 and Rs. 18,350 for the first and second girl child respectively born after August 1, 2008.
The increased survival benefit is Rs. 1,00,097.
The children, under the scheme, can claim Rs. 25,000 annually for treatment if they met with any accidents, Rs. 1 lakh if their parents died in accidents, Rs. 42,500 in case of parents' natural death and Rs. 37,500 if children were rendered disabled in accidents. However, the girls should study up to SSLC to claim the survival benefits.
The Government introduced the scheme to fight female infanticide and improve the sex ratio after the 2001 census revealed that there were only 964 women for 1,000 men in the State.
Mr. Palemar said that of 12,983 children registered under the scheme in the district till September end, 2,010 bonds had been distributed. All the children and all 11,987 mothers would participate in Wednesday's programme. They would be brought to the venue in 232 buses. There would be 50 women and 50 children in each bus, besides five anganawadi workers to help them.
He said there would be a free health check-up for both mothers and children at the venue.
The Minister said the expenditure with regard to the function was put at Rs. 43 lakh, excluding the cost of the saris.
The Chief Minister would lay foundation stones for 12 development works being implemented at a cost of Rs. 94 crore in the district.