Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

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    • Recently, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has informed the Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women that the funds under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme were underutilised in the early years of the scheme due to lack of awareness and information.

    About Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

    • It is a flagship scheme of the Government of India, launched by the Prime Minister in 2015 in Haryana to arrest the declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of empowerment of Women over a lifecycle continuum. 
    • It’s a convergent initiative of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.
    • It is implemented by states with 100% central assistance. 
    • Under, BBBP scheme there is no provision of direct benefit transfer.
    • Current coverage: The programme is operational in 405 districts at present.

    Objectives of the scheme

    • The Overall Goal of the BBBP Scheme is to celebrate the Girl Child & Enable her Education.
    • Other objectives are as under:-
      • Prevent gender-biased sex selective elimination
      • Ensure survival & protection of the girl child
      • Ensure education of the girl child

    Components of the scheme

    • It has two major components
      • It aims at ensuring girls are born, nurtured and educated without discrimination to become empowered citizens of this country. 
      • The Campaign interlinks National, State and District level interventions with community-level action in 100 districts, bringing together different stakeholders for accelerated impact.

    Source:IE