The government will immediately introduce a legislation to make the just-launched girl child protection scheme - Bangaaru Thalli - binding on future governments as well in the State.

Announcing this at a media conference here on Tuesday, Women & Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy said that a draft bill would be introduced for the purpose in the Legislature when they meet next time. She made it clear that the scheme was applicable only to girl children of white card families, who were born after May 1, 2013.

All over State

The Minister said that the scheme, which was taken up to protect the girl child from gender discrimination and prevent deteriorating sex ratio, would be formally launched on Wednesday all over the State.

Periodical cash benefits, which the girl child was entitled to under the scheme right from her birth, would be ensured from June.

In the initial stages of the child, the money would be deposited in the bank account of the mother.

She said the scheme would cover 90 per cent of the State’s population as 2.20 crore white cards existed in Andhra Pradesh, each accounting for two children on an average, besides parents.

A girl would be eligible to get a total sum of Rs.50,500 and another sum of Rs.50,000 would be allowed if she successfully completed intermediate or Rs.1 lakh on completion of graduation.

Besides, she would also get another total of Rs.60,600 through other regular girl schemes such as Janani Suraskha Yojana, Sukhi Bhava, pre-matric/post-matric scholarships, Rajiv Vidya Deevana etc.

Ms. Laxma Reddy said that nearly 14.5 lakh deliveries were taking place annually and out of them 7.75 lakh were girl children.