Special Correspondent

This is to provide incentives for bringing up girl child

NEW DELHI: The Union Women and Child Development Ministry has proposed an insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh for each girl child as an incentive for its upbringing. Under the scheme the girl will receive a lump sum when she turns 18.

Briefing members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee about the various welfare measures taken up by the Government for the welfare of the girl child, Minister of State for Women and Child Development (Independent charge) Renuka Chowdhury said the Ministry has also proposed a Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme during the 11th Plan. Under the scheme, cash transfer would be provided to the family of the girl child, preferably to the mother on fulfilling certain conditions such as birth registration of the girl child, immunisation, enrolment and retention in school and delaying marriage beyond 18. This will be in addition to the various incentives being given by the Centre and the States.

Female foeticide

Expressing concern over the falling sex ratio of girls in some of the States due to female foeticide, Ms. Chowdhury said the Ministry was working on a multi-dimensional strategy which includes preventive, advocacy and programmatic measures. She stressed the need for setting up monitoring and inspection committees at the district level by the States for enforcement of the Pre-Natal Sex Determination Test Act. Female foeticide should be treated as a crime and not just a social evil, therefore, punitive action is required. The Ministry has taken up the matter of including gender sensitisation and right of the child in the school curriculum for creating a positive mindset from the very beginning, she said.