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Girl babies yet to receive grant under scheme



Staff Correspondent

State Government has set apart Rs. 232 crore under the scheme

184 baby girls born in Kodagu in BPL families are to receive the grant Kodagu will require Rs. 18.40 lakh for girls born in April and May

MADIKERI: As many as 184 baby girls born in Kodagu district, between April and May, in below poverty line (BPL) families are awaiting the grant of Rs. 10,000 from the State Government under the "Bhagyalakshmi" scheme.

The State Government has set apart Rs. 232 crore under the scheme. Of the 184 babies, 26 belong to the Scheduled Castes, 29 to the Scheduled Tribes, 45 to minority communities and the rest to others, in-charge Deputy Director of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Kodagu, M.T. Manjunath, told The Hindu here on Wednesday.

Kodagu would require Rs. 18.40 lakh for girls born in April and May, he said. The amount, which would be deposited with the LIC, would attain maturity after the child completed 18 years.

However, the department was yet to receive instructions from the Government on the modalities of the scheme, Mr. Manjunath said.

Kishori Shakti

The district had been given a target to identify 180 girls between the ages of 14 and 18, who were school dropouts under the "Kishori Shakti" scheme of the Government, Mr. Manjunath said. The outlay for Kodagu under this scheme was Rs.3.30 lakh, of which Rs. 1.39 lakh had been released, he added. The implementation of the scheme would be done by the respective taluk panchayats. Girls identified under the scheme would be provided with nutritious food, Mr. Manjunath said.